White City's Twin Towers "Will Destroy Skylines across West London"
Anger from residents as H & F planning committee approve 2nd tower on Wood Lane
Local residents have accused Hammersmith and Fulham Council of destroying Shepherd's Bush's skyline, after the Planning Applications Committee rubber stamped plans for a second high rise tower in White City on Tuesday March 12.
The 32 storey tower is part of Brickfields, a development by Helical Bar and Aviva on the former Dairy Crest site on the east side of Wood Lane.
This site is adjacent to Imperial College's campus Imperial West, which was given the go ahead last year by both the council and London Mayor Boris Johnson and includes an even higher 35 storey tower.
Last week the Mayor and Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Nick Botterill were among guests at an event showing off Imperial College's Vision for Imperial West
Residents who have fought a long battle against Imperial College's plans have dubbed the two buildings the Twin Towers.
The residents, let by St Helens Residents Association, have issued this statement about the two proposed developments:
" Imperial College has been promoting in recent days its new 'research and innovation campus' at White City. While this big development may help London’s economic growth, it is not all good news for those that live in the area.
" The building will destroy skylines across West London. As predicted, one tower leads to another, and developers Helical Bar have now got planning approval to a second 32 storey tower, on their next door site on Wood Lane.
" The College has not answered questions on how this extra public money will be used, and why it cannot lead to more affordable housing or reduced building heights inn the scheme. Nor will it reveal what profit the College is making from the development as a whole.
" So far, Boris Johnson has endorsed these decisions, and developers remain keen to get their schemes through the system in what they see as a fa-vourable political environment. After Borough elections in 2014, there may no longer be Conservative leadership at Hammersmith Town Hall as well as at City Hall."
The Helical Bar/Aviva plans for the former Dairy Crest site on Wood Lane are for a mixed use development including 1,150 housing units, with building heights from 8-32 storeys.
March 13, 2013