Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for HammersmithShadow Minister for Justice House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA020 7219 6052 John SanchezPlanning OfficerLBHF14/9/12Dear Sir,
Re Planning Application:
2012/02454/OUT: Former Dairy Crest Site
I am writing to register my objection to this application. While sensitive development of this sitecould have great benefits for the local area, as well as economic benefits that will impact on thewider Hammersmith community, this is not, in my view, a scheme which will bring those about.In common with other schemes proposed in the Shepherds Bush area, it suffers from having beendreamed up in isolation, and fails to take proper account of surrounding developments. Whetherconsidered independently, or taken in context with adjoining developments under consideration,both the sheer density of this scheme and its style are inappropriate for this part of Hammersmith.
Density and infrastructure
The placing of 1,150 residential units and around 25,000sqm of commercial and retail space putsgreat pressure on a site which is in an area that is already busy, and once the Westfield 2 andImperial West developments are in place will be one of the most densely populated parts of London.The pressure on infrastructure, both in terms of traffic and services will be immense. Wood Lane isalready a well-known traffic blackspot. The addition of over 1,000 more dwellings that thisdevelopment proposes will overburden already stretched road and public transport services.The water supply, drainage and sewage arrangements for the site are yet to be resolved by Thames
Water. The planning authority knows these issues well and is currently opposing TWA’s solution to
the sewerage and drainage problems in the borough
until a satisfactory solution to current needsis found, it is irresponsible to propose developments that add to the burden that waterinfrastructure is expected to cope with.
Affordable and Social Housing
The Summary of Planning Application document submitted by the Developer, paragraph 1.46 states:
It is clear from the appraisal work by Savills that the redevelopment cannot support all thesedemands, as well as the provision of affordable homes.
It is not acceptable that yet another planning application in a borough in such severe need of socialrented and affordable housing seeks to sidestep its responsibilities under the London Plan and the