North and South Fulham in Council Plans for Future

Riverside to be opened up, Clem Atlee estate rebuilt

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Hammersmith & Fulham Council has published its vision of

how it sees the borough developing over the next 20 years.

The planning blueprint aims to fulfil the council's vow to make Hammersmith and Fulham West London’s borough of opportunity.

The Council wants to focus major development on five areas, including South Fulham Riverside and North Fulham/West Kensington/Earls Court as well as Hammersmith Town Centre, Old Oak Common and White City Opportunity Area.

About South Fulham riverside, the council says it has changed considerably over the years as wharves have given way to residential and mixed use development, yet there is still scope for high quality development on underused sites.

There are three safeguarded wharves with only Comleys Wharf still in use. Hurlingham Wharf has not been used for 13 years and Swedish Wharf, although still in use as an oil storage depot, no longer uses the river for transport.

The council’s preferred way forward is to:

Open the riverside up to the public with a mixture of residential and leisure use to create areas of interest, with the continuation of the riverside walk

Ensure there is a very high standard of urban design - especially on the riverside

Withdraw the safeguarding of wharves which is no longer appropriate.

About North Fulham and surrounding district, the council says it wants to use the potential redevelopment of Earls Court after 2012 to bring substantial benefits to the wider area, including the West Kensington estate where unemployment is double the borough average and the estate itself is becoming tired.

The council’s preferred way forward is to:

Develop an International Convention Centre and additional offices and hotels within the Earls Court and Olympia complexes as a major way of boosting the local economy and bringing new jobs

Redevelop West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates over the next 15-20 years, working with residents to look at options for improving the estates

Phase rebuilding of Clem Attlee estate within 20 years to improve the quality of housing and provide a better mix of properties, starting with the 'Y' blocks

The details of the plans are published a consultation paper, called The Local Development Framework Core Strategy Options, which sets out how the borough could develop, with the Council indicating its preferred options.

The paper is out for consultation until 17 July. Once comments have been received a further version of the document will be published in October. Once agreed the eventual strategy will be adopted in early 2011.

Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh says: " We know that there are some significant areas of deprivation in Hammersmith & Fulham. We want to break down the barriers that lead to unemployment, poor health and worklessness.

" Over the next 20 years we want to work with local residents in coming up with ideas on how we can improve their neighbourhood. We want to make sure H&F is a borough of opportunity for all – not just some – where everybody regardless of background has a chance to get on in life."

June 8, 2009