|West 12 Centre Owner Reveals Radical Redevelopment Plans|
Lidl to close ahead of creation of 700+ homes and work spaces
Landsec, owner of the West 12 Shopping Centre has revealed radical plans for the site on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green, including demolition of half of the building and closure of the businesses within it, including supermarket Lidl and the Vue cinema.
Landsec says: "We are thinking about the site in two halves: the back half containing Vue, Fitness First, Lidl and part of the car park; and the front half containing Aroma, Poundland, Argos, Bush Doctors, Wetherspoons and the Shepherd’s Bush Green frontages.
"When the back half is developed, all retailers there would go e.g. Vue, Fitness First, Lidl. We will definitely bring a supermarket back and are currently in discussions to see who else would want to return.
In documents unveiled during its latest public consultation, Landsec says the benefits of its proposals would include:
Creating a new, safer, open air pedestrian route through the site to Shepherd’s Bush Station / Westfield, increasing natural surveillance from new residential and retail elements and adding
Recreating the original feel of the Concorde centre by taking the roof off the main mall to create a more welcoming and open feel with new public spaces at the heart of the scheme providing a welcoming environment to be enjoyed by all including space for pop-ups, local events and performances
Improving the local service offer for all locals – not Westfield, retain the local doctors' surgery and retaining a local supermarket
Providing 700+ new affordable homes which would be high quality, well insulated, heated and
Creating a variety of retail jobs, plus workspace for hundreds of new jobs, affordable workspace
New community hub space such as a community café offering healthy food, new, high quality,
New street planting, trees and small parks to provide places to sit and breathe, children’s play areas to encourage safe play with better air quality, new enlarged doctors’ surgery, improved air quality through pollution-absorbing planting and materials, limited number of parking spaces for electric and shared vehicles
The company adds that in a consultation held last summer, of the 700 respondents, 72% felt either neutral, negatively or extremely negatively towards the site as it is.
However, Landsec adds: " We were also told that there is a unique local convenience offer still enjoyed by many residents."
In an update on the project's web site Landsec says:"We have given a lot of thought to the right architectural response that meets local need and can deliver a better and safer place. The biggest obstacle is the southern half of the site so we are proposing that this is demolished and removed. This will provide an opportunity to deliver a mix of new uses, such as homes and work space.
" We also believe that there is a strong rationale for some taller buildings that are higher than the existing Charecroft Estate buildings.
" We are currently working up proposals for these buildings and will be sharing the designs with
A second consultation is planned in spring with more detailed designs. In the meantime you can find out more and offer your views on the plans on the West 12 website and you can see more details of its current proposals here.
You can also share your opinions with other local people on our forum.
February 4, 2019