Last night I met with a number of concerned residents who have learnt about Notting Hill Housing Trust’s (NHHT) ambitions to build a new office complex at the bottom of Hammersmith Grove.
NHHT apparently wants to demolish its current building (see pics) and my constituents fear that H&F Council will agree that they can replace it with something bigger and not in tune with their residential area. It has also come to light that H&F Council has actually been involved in confidential talks with NHHT for many months but no plans have been made public as yet.
In fact, H&F Council will meet with large property development companies and have its officers advise how their proposals fit with the borough’s planning requirements. Residents are therefore concerned that this process can sideline their hopes and wants for their neighbourhood in preference for the needs of developers.
Meanwhile, readers will recall the outcry when the NCP Armadillo building (opposite the proposed NHHT building) was given planning permission by Cllr. Lucy Ivimy (Con) and the Conservative members of her committee last October. Concerns have been further agitated after Cllr. Mark Loveday (Con) flew to the South of France to apparently offer up Hammersmith and Fulham as a “borough of opportunity” at the world’s biggest property developers’ conference.
I understand that some residents are meeting with NHHT next week. I hope NHHT will be able to address all concerns to their satisfaction. Meanwhile, please email me here if you would like to be kept in touch with any meetings arranged about this proposed new building.