Planning Meeting Tonight Will Decide Future of Developments across Borough

Go ahead expected for expansion of Westfield and Lady Margaret School

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A marathon meeting of Hammersmith and Fulham Council's planning application committee taking place tonight, May 8, is set to decide the future of some large scale developments across the borough.

In Fulham, Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green is planning to add an extra nine classrooms that would increase the popular girls’ school’s capacity from 710 pupils to 800.

The planning officer has recommended that this application should be approved, saying " The proposal would contribute a valuable community facility which meets an identified educational need. The increase in the capacity of the existing Lady Margaret School would enhance the provision of secondary school places within the borough".

Also in Shepherd's Bush, 25 new homes – a mixture of houses and flats – are planned at 282 -292 Goldhawk Road, on the site of the former care home and sheltered housing scheme. The building, known as Elizabeth Finn House, has been empty since 2006. This scheme is recommended for approval.

The application by Westfield Shopping Centre to build on top of the roof of the shopping centre on Ariel Way, above Marks & Spencer also looks set to go ahead after the planning officer recommended it should be approved.

The application is for a roof extension to create a children’s education and entertainment area over 7,249 square metres, called Kidzania, and 3,092 sq m of retail space.

Westfield says this extension will lead to the creation of 400 local jobs.

However, plans to redevelop the former Nomis Studios in Sinclair Road, Olympia, where stars such as Tina Turner and Dire Straits have recorded, have been recommended for refusal.

They have been deemed an "overdevelopment of the site" by the council’s planning officers. Developer Regal Sinclair Road LLP has applied to demolish the existing buildings on the site and replace them with 52 flats.

In Hammersmith, two developments in Shepherd's Bush Road are being decided. Plans for a three storey extension to the Access Self Storage building at 184 Shepherds Bush Road, opposite Brook Green, and to change the building’s use from storage to offices, have been recommended for approval. As the existing building is Grade II listed, Listed Building Consent is also required and again this is recommended for approval.

Wagamama – the Japanese restaurant and noodle bar – has applied to refurbish The Old Fire Station on Shepherds Bush Road in Hammersmith, and the officer has recommended that this application should be approved.

For the full agenda of tonight's meeting, click here.

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May 8, 2013