Council Approves Redevelopment of Sands End Community Centre

Broughton Road building will now become nine new homes

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As expected, Hammersmith and Fulham Council's Planning Applications Committee approved the redevelopment of Sands End Community Centre at a meeting on Tuesday, October 18.

The decision followed a report to the committee by case officer Roy Asagba-Power recommending that permission be granted for Verve Properties to convert the existing buildings into nine three bedroom family homes.

Verve Properties' website does not mention the site as a community centre, but instead describes it as the Loud+Western Building, a former laundry premises.

Although the site was originally used as a laundry, in recent years it has served as a library and centre for the local community.

However, Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced in July last year that it planned to sell off nine "under-used" council buildings, including the community centre and Fulham Town Hall, to help pay off debts.

The sell-off also fitted in with its plans to centralise library facilities, and close smaller libraries in Baron's Court and Sands End.

Local residents protested against the sell-off, forming an action group which presented a petition containing almost 7,000 signatures to the council, but the council decided last year that the sale should go ahead.

Sands End Library is now to be housed in a new facility at Hurlingham and Chelsea School, which is due to be open to the community within the next few weeks.

 

 

October 17, 2012

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