Celebrities Split Over Riverside Studios Development

Sir Peter Blake is amongst those opposing new plans

An artist's impression of the development


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Celebrities appear to be split over the proposed redevelopment of Hammersmith's famous Riverside Studios following the submission of a planning application to Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Chiswick artist Sir Peter Blake is amongst those who oppose the changeover to mixed use including residential units.

Riverside's website says that famous faces from the world of theatre and entertainment, including Jo Brand, Bill Bailey and Simon Callow have joined its Artistic Director William Burdett-Coutts in supporting the scheme.

However, other well known figures including Chiswick artist Sir Peter Blake, playwright Stephen Poliakoff, actresses Harriett Walter and Francesca Annis have condemned the plans, and are among many well known names who have signed a letter to the leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council opposing the plans in their current form and asking for the consultation period to be extended.

Local people and groups, including The Crisp Road Residents' Association, Hammersmith Embankment Residents Association, the Hammersmith Society and The Queen Caroline Residents and Tenants Association have also expressed their reservations about the scheme.

Residents held a well attended meeting last month to discuss these reservations, though no one representing the developers chose to attend.

In September, London Developer Mount Anvil, working in conjunction with A2 Dominion, submitted the application to comprehensively redevelop Riverside Studios and the adjacent Queen’s Wharf building as part of a combined mixed-use development.

The application was for:
Demolition of the existing buildings and the redevelopment of the site to create a six to eight storey building with balconies and roof terraces and the provision of 165 residential units (Class C3) and 8,633 sq.m of commercial floor space for television and film recording studios, storage, dressing rooms, offices, theatre, cinema and other facilities ancillary to those uses including cafe, restaurant, bar and other uses for the sale of food and drink, together with car and cycle parking, storage and plant space and the creation of a riverside walk along the frontage of the site facing the River Thames.

You can read full details of the application here.

Hammersmith and Fulham's Planning Applications Committee is expected to decide whether to approve it on December 19.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the Labour Group of Councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham criticised the timing, saying: " It's now apparent that the application for the Riverside Studios/Queens Wharf scheme will be heard at a specially arranged meeting of the Planning Applications Committee on 19th December. 

"At just six days before Christmas it appears this date has been chosen to curtail the numbers of local residents likely to attend. I encourage anyone who is interested to come along. It starts at 7pm and will most likely be held at Hammersmith Town Hall."


December 14, 2013







December 14, 2013

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