Council withdraws support for Sheppard Robson-designed scheme

A controversial Sheppard Robson-designed scheme to redevelop part of Hammersmith has been left in limbo after the intervention of London mayor Boris Johnson.

Hammersmith & Fulham council withdrew its support for the scheme – which comprises 290 flats and a high rise council building overlooking the Thames – just days after referring it to the mayor.

The Evening Standard reported on Friday that Johnson had informed the council he would not approve the scheme as proposed.

The council’s withdrawal of support has left the scheme in limbo, with the council and developer King Street Developments insisting that the application - which has already been scaled down due to local opposition - is still live.

A council spokesperson said: “We understand that the mayor and a number of local residents have concerns about the height of the proposed buildings and their impact on views from riverside properties.

“Hammersmith & Fulham council has agreed to work with the Greater London Authority (GLA) on a further independent rigorous assessment on viability to determine whether there is scope to reduce the height of the buildings again.

“At the same time the council will continue to progress the S106 planning obligation agreements.”