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Westfield extension plans approved

Friday February 17, 2012

Major regeneration and development plans for White City were last night (February 16) approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s planning applications committee.

The £1billion scheme by shopping centre owners, Westfield, includes plans to build up to 1,522 homes, a new public green, offices and an extension of the existing shopping centre in Wood Lane with new restaurants, cafes and a leisure complex.

The development, which has been scaled down since it was originally submitted in August, is made up of accommodation, ranging from four to 12 storeys in height with one feature building that is 20 storeys high. There will be 250 affordable homes and more than 59,000 sq ft is devoted to a new mall with a large ‘anchor store’.

The project will be phased in stages over the next 17 years and will bring up to 6,700 jobs to the area, with local people being given access to training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities through the Work Zone in Shepherds Bush Library.

Westfield will contribute £20m toward improvements to the community, including £3.9m for works to Shepherds Bush overground train station, with an extension to the ticket office, a new entrance and for lengthening the platform. One million pounds will go towards highways and junction improvements, £450,000 to buses local transport and £75,000 for new town centre signposts. A new bridge and pedestrian footpaths linking east and west of the site will also be built, connecting H&F with Kensington and Chelsea.

Cllr Harry Phibbs, H&F Council's cabinet member for community engagement, said: “This development is bringing positive change, improvements and jobs to an area that needs revitalising. It fits in with our vision that H&F should be a borough of opportunity for all, and this will be a welcome boost to the local economy and community.”

The 2m sq ft site north of the current Westfield centre is divided by Ariel Way on brownfield land in the White City Opportunity Area. Westfield’s current shopping centre opened in October 2008.

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It looks like this will replace the industrial estate. With the Imperial West development to the north of it, what is actually left on the east side of Wood Lane? Will the car pound be removed, or will that remain and be sandwiched between Imperial West and the Westfield extension? Also, Westfield's website has a green patch to the north of the railway viaduct, is that part of this development?
From Rob on 09/09/2013 at 01:35
No doubt this will send the prices for already expensive VUE scene movie ticket prices sky high, what happen to the days when you could watch a movie for a pound when you were a kid. I reckon local parks will suffer the most as most people will be inside.
From Brian Flynn on 20/08/2013 at 14:38
There are categorically no plans to demolish the White City Estate!
From Hammersmith & Fulham Council on 15/05/2012 at 10:13
Does this mean the white city estate is getting knocked down, I hope not as this will displace thousands of people...
From Marshal on 14/05/2012 at 18:19
Of all the residents and local business owners in this area, I'm yet to meet one who is favour of this corrupt planning application.

Our council has monumentally let us down, they are deaf to our cries
Tragic!
From McRoz on 05/03/2012 at 14:29
Westfield shareholders will be sipping cocktails on their private tropical islands while future generations of Londoners will be wallowing in their manic depression. This development affects the entire area of the A40 corridor and not only Shepherds Bush. A pitiful 1 million towards infrastructure in 17 years from now. Who said corruption and greed are a thing of the past? Regeneration? Milking and cramming is more accurate. The north of the country is crumbling before our eyes while the South is available on the plate for slicing for the rich and powerful. I'm off to pack my bags. Farewell Britain!
From The Archbishop of Gunnersbury on 22/02/2012 at 14:42
Government have starved Local Authorities of funds to build and regenerate areas, so it is now left to private developers to drag these areas into modern, vibrant areas for people to live, work and spend leisure time in. With all you need on your doorstep, this cuts down on the use of public transport, plus provides much needed employment for our young people.
From Delores on 21/02/2012 at 16:44
The over-development of Westfield will kill Kensington Hight Street, and perhaps Oxford Street as well. This is shop-on-shop "cannibalism".

Where is the London-wide urban planning? There is NO urban planning. NONE! This is a market "free for all" and is NOT the small scale development which most residents of Hammersmith want... We are aghast at the way our borough is being given away to the developers on a plate.
From Una Hodgkins on 20/02/2012 at 14:59
Please no more of these giant advertising hordings, they are ugly, distracting and dangerous, the moving one on the roundabout has doubtless cause more than one accident and will eventually kill someone. Best removed, certainly no more of them!!!
From Normanton on 18/02/2012 at 09:47

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