Margaret Tyler is a local history tutor who I plan to meet soon. She passed on the following details of further plans to develop yet another area of West London. Apart from giving your support, Margaret would also like to hear from anyone that lives in the area and may be affected by this development.
Voreda Capital LLP and Imperial College have formed a partnership to develop the old BBC Woodlands site on the corner of Wood Lane and the Westway. This site, just inside the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and on the border with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, has been referred to as a campus, but in fact it will incorporate a high level of commercial development in the form of a 35 storey residential tower, a 4/5* hotel and private offices.
The design for this site is monolithic, brutalist and totally unsympathetic to the area of two storey Victorian/Edwardian houses immediately to the north and east of the site. The tower which will be taller than Trellick Tower includes a small number of key worker flats on the lower floors for people who work with Imperial College, but the scheme will not provide affordable accommodation for anyone else.
The introduction of Westfield has increased congestion on Wood Lane therefore the local community is also concerned that the additional 2,500 people proposed for the Woodlands site, will add to this problem. If you would like to learn more about this scheme and see the architect’s illustrations, please look at: http://imperialfolly.org.uk/ which contains information gathered by W10 and W12 residents and includes a link to an e-petition.
If you wish to comment or object to the scheme you will find the planning application on the Hammersmith & Fulham website at:
The closing date for comments and objections is 8th March 2012.
(The above pic shows what would be the view from Oxford Gardens)