The latest proposals for the changes to parliamentary boundaries seem bizarre.
Of course the existing boundaries are not entirely satisfactory as the Borough is split between two parliamentary boundaries which are not consistent with the original ‘Hammersmith’ and ‘Fulham’ boroughs which were combined in 1968. The new proposals will affect all of us in ‘Hammersmith’ one way or another. For details visit the official website at www.bce2018.org.uk where you can compare the latest (and previous) proposals with the existing boundaries
Our present local MP Andy Slaugher has made a statement under the title Let’s stop Shepherds Bush moving to Brent
We were sorry to see Rosemary Pettit step down at the AGM and we wish her well in her role as Lady Mayoress, but are pleased to welcome Chris Tranchell who was elected. The Committee now consists of Hans Haenlein – President, myself as Chairman, Melanie Whitlock – Vice Chairman, Annabel Clarke – Hon Secretary, Richard Tollemache – Hon Treasurer, Richard Farthing – Membership Secretary, Richard Jackson – Newsletter Editor, Angela Clarke, Richard Winterton, Annabelle May, Julian Hillman, Derrick Wright, Chris Tranchell.
Our next Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 11 September. Please contact me or any of the Committee if you would like matters to be raised.
This a small local scheme on the site of the current Nicholas Mee (Aston Martin and Lagonda) garage building but which has caused much heat in the locality.
OPDC Local Plan
OPDC Planning Applications
Despite objections from us, the Council and most other consultees, the OPDC Committee have continued to approve schemes in Scrubs Lane, the latest being Mitre Bridge which is the site immediately on the left after the canal bridge going north. This involves a 19 storey tower and many of the units are being promoted on the basis of ‘build for rent’. Another scheme with another tall tower is being launched next week for the Nursery Site at the top end of Scrubs Lane. No-one knows at this stage what effect the Grenfell fire will have on the construction of these towers which all involve single escape staircases.
- Will the rules on Fire Precautions be drastically upgraded ?
- Will developers want to proceed with such towers ?
- Will people want to live in them?
We continue to challenge the very high densities proposed in the OPDC area which result in these tall towers. We hope that the latest lowered growth predictions by the GLA for London may enable some reductions.
We were concerned to learn in the Spring that the development was unlikely to proceed because of differences between the Council and the developers, King Street Developments.
For several months we had reported the impending Appeal of the 2015 proposals for the site by the developer Romulus. Just before the public hearing, the Inquiry was postponed by the Inspector ‘for personal reasons’. No new date has so far been offered. In the meantime, the developers and their architects, Allies and Morrison have prepared a new proposal which although very similar in appearance to the Appeal scheme has been reduced in size to overcome some of the principal objections both from the Council and local groups.