Bid for change of use for former Chelsea Independent College site
517-523 Fulham Road. Picture: Google Streetview
An application (2022/02379/FUL) has been made to Hammersmith & Fulham Council for a change of use for the building at 517-523 Fulham Road to allow it to be used for medical or health services.
The site has been vacant for two years after the Chelsea Independent College was incorporated into Kensington Park School.
Attempts to relet the building as a school have been unsuccessful even after an application for a change of use allowing it to be used as a children’s nursery was granted. A prospective tenant pulled out after the application took over six months to determine.
Although the owners will continue to market the site as being suitable for a school or a nursery, they are not optimistic that a tenant will be found and the latest application is an indication that they believe it would be suitable for a medical centre.
The submission with the application describes it as ‘speculative’ and the owner has submitted only generic plans for a centre based on the recommendations of consultants who have worked on similar schemes.
The five storey building was built in the 1980s although it was designed to look older. It fronts onto Fulham Road and is next door to the former Britannia public house which is now the Kona Kai restaurant.
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