A public hearing to decide whether or not Hammersmith & Fulham Council can redevelop Shepherds Bush Green will take place next month.
The council has plans to improve the Green which include creating two new play areas for children, planting more trees and improving routes across the Green for pedestrians and cyclists.
However, as the Green is Common land, in order to progress with the scheme, the council requires the consent of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
DEFRA has called for the public hearing after several residents complained that a number of trees would be chopped down. The council feels these concerns may be based on outdated proposals. There were also objections regarding proposals to build a new cafe on the Green.
Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for resident’s services, said: “If this scheme progresses, the revamped Green will benefit the whole Shepherds Bush community, breathing new life into a green space that needs a boost. We have carried out extensive consultation with local people, and more than three quarters of those who answered our survey said that overall suggestions for the new-look Green were very good or good.”
Cllr Smith also pointed out that the scheme would actually result in a net increase of trees. He said: “There are currently 102 trees on the Green. Whilst 12 trees will be lost as part of the revamp, we intend to plant 34 new ones.”
If given the green light, the council also hopes to improve CCTV and lighting and build a new café and public toilets.
The three day public hearing takes place at Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street from Tuesday, May 17.