Green light for revised BBC Television Centre plans

Out-Law News | 11 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm | 1 min. read

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has resolved to grant planning permission for developer Stanhope's revised plans for the redevelopment of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) former premises at Wood Lane in west London.

The Grade II-listed Television Centre was the home of the BBC from 1960 until its closure in 2013. Television Centre and surrounding land on Wood Lane was bought by Stanhope in 2012 and plans for the comprehensive redevelopment of the site to provide 1,025 new homes, offices, a hotel and public open space were approved by the Council last December.

Stanhope has since revised its plans for the site, reducing the number of homes proposed and including a new, 11-storey office block which would contain a private members club on its upper floors.

The revised scheme includes a total of 943 homes, most of which will be contained within nine buildings including retained structures. The inner ring of Television Centre would be retained, refurbished and extended to provide 162 apartments, a 47-room boutique hotel, ground floor retail, restaurant and office space and a basement gym.

The remaining structures on site, including Stages 4 and 5, the outer crescent, the restaurant block, the drama block, the 15-storey East Tower and a multi-storey car park would all be demolished under the proposals.

In a change from the plans that received consent in 2013, Stages 4 and 5 would be replaced with a new 11-storey building containing seven floors of offices, and a three-floor Soho House private members club. An arcade including shops and restaurant space has been proposed for the ground floor of the building. A 1,527 square metre basement cinema and a roof top swimming pool serving the private members club have also been proposed.

A 10 storey building replacing the former restaurant block was allocated for up to 70 homes under the previously approved scheme. Under the revised plans, the building would instead contain nearly 15,000 sq m of office space together with ground floor restaurants, shops and a cafe terrace. A further six new buildings, ranging in height from three to 25 storeys, and 20 townhouses have been proposed for the wider development site.

A planning officer's report prepared for a meeting of the Council's planning applications committee this week recommended that a minimum of 15% affordable housing provision should be provided under the scheme, with potential to rise to a maximum of 20% under a proposed review mechanism.