We met yesterday with Jeremy Newsum, the member of the Imperial College Council who is overseeing the Imperial West development. It was a disappointing meeting. The College’s architects have made some minor adjustments to the proposals, in response to comments and criticisms from the GLA and from CABE (Commission for the Built Environment). But we were told that the scheme remains very much the same as before in terms of building height and mass.
The College expects a decision on the planning application to be made at the Hammersmith & Fulham Planning Applications Committee on 13th June, as forecast in our earlier post below.
We discussed with Jeremy Newsum the reasons why the Association (and many other local residents) believe that the College has been too greedy in the commercial return that it is seeking from the Woodlands site. But our arguments fell on deaf ears. We will suffer the consequences in terms of a proposed site density that exceeds that of Canary Wharf, for the second phase of the Imperial West development.
The traffic jams in North Pole Road and St Quintins Avenue, now a daily feature of local life, will continue to worsen as the Wood Lane developments are occupied in the coming years.
Assuming the planning application is decided in mid June, we now have one more month in which to influence the outcome. We will be working with the Kensington Society, and Norland, to build public pressure against the series of overdevelopments along the borough boundary.
On the political front, Boris is back at County Hall. We will see whether his request that LBHF look again at the proposed height of the 35 storey tower at Imperial West is followed up. The risk is that, like many promises made during election campaigns, this one will be forgotten.
Stephen Greenhalgh has stepped down as council leader at LBHF earlier than expected. He is taking up a new role as Boris’s Deputy Mayor for Policing. Councillor Nick Botterill, currently Deputy Leader at LBHF, has been elected by the Conservative Group to take over as Leader from May 30th. He will now become the focus of local efforts to persuade the council’s Planning Applications Committee to reject the Imperial West application in its present form.
The minor changes made to Imperial West application will be made public in the next week or so. We will publish details on this website as soon as they are available.