West London College in West Kensington has been planning a complete rebuild of their facilities for some time now. They regard the current college buildings as not fit for purpose and want to build a new college on part of the site. This would be funded by new housing on the rest of the site.
At last the consultation is beginning and I strongly urge local residents to attend. This development will have a major impact on the wider neighbourhood.
As you can see from the picture the plan is for a very significant “densification” of the site. The proposal includes approximately 470 new homes as well as public space that will be accessible by all residents. What this will consist of I presume will be made clear at the exhibition – or options will be given. For me a concern is that the residential blocks will be 10 – 12 storeys high at their highest. In my view this is too high and represents very significant height creep.
The College plans to go for detailed planning permission in two parts: the college plans first, and then the detailed plans for the housing at a later date. Our target as local residents should be that this becomes a development that we are all proud of, and are pleased to have seen happen. I am a great fan of Fitzgeorge and Fitzjames Avenue – as well as the stunning and unusual St Pauls Court. Our goal should be to make this new development “as good”. How can we achieve that? By working together.
I understand that the College’s target is to get the first detailed planning application in over July / August. Of course many people will be away over part of this time so I suggest that residents – almost from tomorrow – ask the College and the Council to guarantee an extension on the 3 weeks, and to ensure that the response period goes through into September when more people will be around and “refocusing”.
If you are unable to attend the exhibitions “Your Shout” has provided this contact number – 0207 587 3049 – and have said that they will “send you further details on the proposals, including the exhibition banners”.