London Planning Summit 2013 – Study Tour 5 – White City

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This tour was kindly led by Jackie Simkins (Planning Regeneration Officer, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham) and Neil Button (Principal Planning Regeneration Officer, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham).

The White City Opportunity Area sits within Hammersmith and Fulham and covers 110 hectares, including Shepherd’s Bush Town Centre, the BBC and Queens Park Rangers Football Club.

Our tour guides explained how a planning framework has been produced for the area called the White City Opportunity Area Planning Framework. The document has been produced jointly by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Greater London Authority along with Transport for London to provide guidance for development within the area.

In terms of new development, the Council is focused on sites to the east of Wood Lane and north of the existing Westfield London shopping centre, but including BBC Television Centre. The Council wants to attract new homes and jobs, with a focus on creative industries and innovation in bio-medical research. It wishes to create new areas of open space, improved facilities for local people and provide better pedestrian and cycling connections to address physical barriers in the area and create a mixed and balanced community.

Full review coming soon.

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