The council has approved the plans (pictured), named Broomhouse Walk, backed by The Prince’s Foundation, in the clear hope that doing so will hinder Thames Water’s plans for the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a scheme LBH&F has long opposed.
Now the plans will go to the Secretary of State for Local Government for a decision as to whether the plans for a new riverside community trump the Tideway Tunnel.
The plans, from Fulham Riverside West Partnerships, would produce 475 new riverside homes, new offices, shops and leisure facilities including new public squares, an opened up riverside walk and an “artisans’ quarter”.
The Prince’s Foundation worked with residents and council planners to improve and refine the proposals in a series of community workshops.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has also expressed a desire to take up to 5,300 sq ft within the new community to replace their current base at Chiswick, which is the second busiest in the country. The RNLI currently responds to more than 200 emergencies a year from Chiswick but says this would be likely to rise to around 300 if they were to relocate to south Fulham.
The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, which was founded in 2004 by HRH the Prince of Wales as one of his core charities, has confirmed it is interested in occupying an ‘artisan quarter’ in a 4,000 sq ft workshop for practising artists.
Thames Water wants to use the same Carnwath Road site for a sewer construction compound.
Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, said: “Now that these excellent plans to create a vibrant new riverside community, including much needed new homes, have got the green light from the council it is Thames Water’s duty to back off. Thames Water needs to find an alternative site or, better still, ditch their costly white elephant all together.”
The scheme will now be referred to the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State, meaning that effectively the Secretary of State will have the final say on whether the site becomes homes, or a sewer.
Cllr Botterill concludes: “We are imploring the Secretary of State to approve this positive riverside regeneration, which would be the new home of the RNLI in west London as well as providing a new arts hub and hundreds of new homes, rather than the nightmare that is Thames Water’s sewage pipe construction compound.”