London & Regional’s application to build a student residence on the Hammersmith Palais site has been turned down.
The plans involved the demolition of the former Hammersmith Palais and it’s replacement with 429 student flats with ground floor retail. The council’s planning applications committee voted unanimously against the 18,000sqm scheme.
Committe chairman Cllr Alex Chalk said that the huge development in Shepherds Bush Road – which would have reached 10 storeys in height in parts – would have a negative impact on the area. He said: “We could never have allowed this massive building, which was completely out of character and not in keeping with other buildings in the area, to be dumped in the heart of Hammersmith.”
In 2002, planning permission was granted to demolish the Palais and redevelop the site into a six-storey scheme, incorporating offices, a new restaurant, and leisure space. This permission was extended to November 7 this year, and the latest application for the bigger scheme was submitted in August.
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