St James Granted Planning Permission for White City Development
Building of new homes and park on Marks and Spencer site to begin in 2016
Developer St James has been granted planning permission from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham for its new development which will create up to 1,465 homes in White City - almost a third of which it says will be affordable.
The 10 acre site east of Wood Lane, currently occupied by a Marks & Spencer warehouse, will be transformed into a residential neighbourhood set in a new four acre public park called White City Green.
This open space will be fully funded by St James and provide opportunities for a range of leisure and recreational activities and events.
The developers says the whole development aims to deliver up to 1,465 new homes, along with commercial, office, community and leisure space. It will bring £615m of investment, create 620 jobs in construction, 350 permanent jobs on completion, and deliver just over 30% affordable housing on and off site.
Award-winning architectural practice, Patel Taylor, was appointed as the architect, masterplanner and landscape architect to develop proposals for the site following a design competition.
A new bridge and pedestrian deck across the Central Line will improve connectivity from Wood Lane and provide direct access to Westfield London to the south.
The pedestrian deck also provides an enhanced setting for BBC Television Centre.
St James worked very closely with the local community through an extensive nine-month engagement programme. Workshops, site visits, one to one meetings and public exhibitions all shaped the final proposals.
The developer also involved the local secondary school, Phoenix High School, supporting students to put forward their masterplans for White City Green through a series of design and regeneration workshops.
The Marks and Spencer Warehouse is due to be vacated in July 2016 and construction is planned to start at the earliest opportunity. The scheme will be delivered in a number of phases over a 15 year period.
You can read more about the development at the St James White City website.
May 25, 2015