Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Hammersmith regeneration plans submitted

Our Council have gone ahead with the contentious plans to redevelop King Street and Hammersmith, despite the very large rally held by hundreds of residents opposed to what the Council want to do with their area.

The Regeneration & Renewal website reports that despite Council Leader Cllr Greenhalgh's pledge to "listen" and assertion that he was "hurt" by the insinuation that he wasn't listening, the Council have gone ahead anyway and submitted plans that include the tower blocks of luxury flats, and a bridge that effectively destroys a third of Furnival Gardens - the same park the Council have portrayed themselves as defending against Thames Water in recent months.

David Walters, development director of developers Grainger, said: "We are aware that there are people who have concerns about certain aspects of the plans, but we believe that this is the only way of unlocking this site to deliver a scheme which can benefit local residents and business for decades to come, securing the future of King Street."

The Council will now consult on the plans, which will go before the council’s infamous planning committee during 2011. There may be fireworks ahead...

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