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Sheppard Robson wins planning for contentious Hammersmith revamp

[First look + plans] Sheppard Robson has won planning permission for its controversial redevelopment of Hammersmith town centre in London

The King Street regeneration project for developers Helical Bar and Grainger received planning permission from Hammersmith & Fulham Council despite objections from local residents and campaign group Save Our Skyline.

The scheme replaces a 1970s Town Hall extension and other buildings with a new public square and 290 homes.

An earlier version of the project was submitted for planning in late 2010 but was revised over the summer. The number of apartments was reduced and one of the buildings was scaled down by five storeys.

Sheppard Robson redevelopment of Hammersmith town centre in London

Sheppard Robson redevelopment of Hammersmith town centre in London

David Walters, on behalf of project backer King Street Developments, said: ‘This scheme will deliver tangible regeneration benefits for Hammersmith and we are extremely pleased that the Council’s officers and planning committee have recognised this.

‘There is a great deal of work to do before work begins but we are very keen to get started and hope that we will receive planning permission shortly. Thanks must go to all our local supporters who have helped us design a scheme that will deliver the long term improvements to the area that the Council’s original brief set out in 2007.’

Save Our Skyline chair John Jones told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle: ‘While we are tremendously disappointed and frustrated by the decision, we are hardly surprised. We call on residents to maintain the pressure by writing to the Greater London Authority and the Secretary of State to make their view known.’

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