July 10th is decision day for Imperial West

The planning application for the Imperial West development is due to be decided by Hammermith and Fulham’s Planning Applications Committee on July 10th.  The committee report, in which officers recommend approval to the application, can be found here (it is a long report and takes a bit of time to download).

We sent a detailed set of objections to the council, back in March – see at SHRA to LBHF on Imperial West application.V6

This week we have written again to the council, focusing on the legal risks that it faces should it decide to approve the planning application next week.

LBHF is already defending two legal challenges, on the Shepherds Bush Market scheme, and on the Earls Court development.   The council shows little sign of changing its approach to major developments, or of heeding the judgment against them on the Shepherds Bush Market Supplementary Planning Document.

Our latest letter to the council can be read here  SHRA_to_LBHF_PAC_members_July_2012.final

We are entirely serious about applying to the courts for Judicial Review of a decision by the council to approve the Imperial west application, in its present form and at this time.  We have solicitors on standby, awaiting Tuesday’s decision.

We do not oppose the use of the site by Imperial, for a development reduced in density and scale, and once there is a new version of the White City Opportunity Area Planning Framework which has been consulted on and lawfully adopted by LBHF as planning authority.

We will lobbying councillors on the Planning Applications Committee before the meeting, which starts at 7pm in the Small Hall at Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, London W69JU.  At the meeting itself, no members of the public will be allowed to speak. If you feel strongly that local people should have a voice in battling against excessive over-development of the White City area, please come and join us.

The image above is one of several which distingished cartoonist Andrzej Krauze has drawn for the Association.  It sums up very well how local residents feel.

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