Application for Tower Overlooking Shepherd's Bush Green Rejected
Council refuses permission for 16 storey high building on site of Walkabout pub
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has refused permission for a 16 storey high tower to be built on the the site of the former Walkabout pub, on the west side of Shepherd's Bush Green.
The tower would have been twice the height of the adjoining Dorsett Hotel, and the application, by the owners of the hotel, proved controversial with opposition from local residents and organisations including the Hammersmith Society and the Open Spaces Society.
The application was refused on five main grounds:
3) The proposal is considered to be unacceptable as it would result in the unjustified loss of an entertainment use in the town centre, contrary to the requirements of Policy DM D2 of the Development Management Local Plan 2013, which seeks to retain cultural and entertainment uses.
4) The proposed development, due to the scale, height, bulk and width of the rear part of the building in close proximity to neighbouring residential properties at the rear, would lead to unacceptable loss of outlook and increased sense of enclosure to these properties.
5) The daylight analysis submitted with the application shows that the development would lead to loss of light to neighbouring residential properties in excess of accepted standards.
You can read the full details of the refusal here.
The application was as follows:
The seven storey Dorsett Shepherd's Bush, which launched last year, is set within a Grade II listed building, built in 1923 originally known as The Shepherd's Bush Pavilion, and retains the building's historic façade. It has over 500 Chinese inspired rooms, plus restaurants, business facilities and spa.
Shepherd's Bush Walkabout, the pub on Shepherd's Bush Green fondly nicknamed SheBu Walkie by London's Australian, New Zealand and South African communities, closed in 2013, after its owners Intertain sold the site to Dorsett Hospitality International for an undisclosed sum.
The decision has been welcomed by the Hammersmith Society, whose chairman Rosemary Pettit said " chairman of The Hammersmith Society, said: “It was the wrong place for a tower.
"This is brilliant news, we are all delighted. It was too large, too high and would have been overbearing on its distinguished neighbours."
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