South Fulham Riverside plans emerge

whiffen and hurligham wharvesNew plans to build nearly 500 riverside homes, shops and offices in Fulham have been submitted to the council for the site earmarked for a construction compound for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

The plans to redevelop the area around Carnwath Road, in south Fulham, with homes, commercial units and public space, have been worked up by Fulham Riverside West Partnership (FRWP).   The partnership – which is made up of the landowners of Whiffen Wharf, Hurlingham Wharf and Carnwath Road Industrial Estate – say they want to “create a vibrant new riverside community” to the west of Wandsworth Bridge and east of Hurlingham Park.

The proposals are split into three applications, each relating to the two separate wharves and the industrial estate, and are designed to open up the river walk for more recreation activities and provide a mix of new homes and jobs, according to FRWP.

If the plans were approved, new commercial, office and business space, leisure facilities and new public areas would be created. The Thames river path would also be reinstated for pedestrians and cyclists.

The council will launch a consultation on the proposals shortly and the planning applications committee is expected to consider the plans later in the year.

However, Thames Water has also earmarked Carnwath Road as its “preferred site” for their main compound in west London to build the Thames Tunnel – a 22-mile long super-sewer that will sit under the riverbed. Thames Water admits that it wants to use an area the size of six football pitches for round-the-clock construction work that will last at least six years.

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council’s leader, says: “The planning applications committee will consider the south Fulham regeneration plans on their own merits later in the year but, in the meantime, we remain committed to fighting Thames Water’s damaging super-sewer plans.”

The FRWP proposals include:

Whiffen Wharf – 71 new homes with office and affordable business space.

Hurlingham Wharf – Office space on the west side and a new tree-lined square leading through to restaurant space on the Thames. There would also be 148 new homes and ‘open workshop’ buildings for artists and artisans.

Carnwath Road Industrial Estate – A piazza would provide a destination for pedestrians from Peterborough Road with the main entrance to the site, fringed by shops and restaurants, looking out onto the Thames. This area would also host smaller commercial spaces, with an arcade along Carnwath Road hosting affordable business space and artisan workshops. There would be around 255 new homes and space for new shops and restaurants.

The council engaged the Prince’s Foundation to work with residents and help council planners produce planning guidelines for the area – the draft South Fulham Riverside Supplementary Planning Document.

Councillor Botterill concludes: “As part of the council’s draft supplementary planning document, the local community has been helping to shape a vision to transform the area from its industrial past into a new residential mixed-use area.

“In a series of workshops, which were coordinated by the Prince’s Foundation, local residents were able to put forward their views and there was overwhelming support for mixed-use schemes, including the desire to provide better access to the Thames Path, high quality urban design and a renewed focus on the river.”

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