|How The Green Might Look|
The proposal is for a sixteen storey tower that would dominate the skyline in the Bush, permanently changing the character of Shepherd's Bush Green.
|Shepherd's Bush Palladium, originally the Cinematograph Theatre, in 1910|
|The Palladium-turned-Walkabout in 2008. Photo: Wikipedia|
The Palladium is not, however, a listed building, and so is not protected by English Heritage. Ultimately the question of demolition or preservation will come down to local politics. Will the Council enforce its own rules?
|Shepherd's Bush Green Conservation Area. The Palladium is shown in yellow|
But what does "Conservation Area" mean, if not the preservation of structures which have less economic value than blocks of flats? Buildings which are already economically viable do not, by definition, need preserving. Unusual buildings of historical interest do.
|The Palladium today|
So what it is to be? Will our council permit Dorsett Regency to demolish our historic buildings, or will they say no, a conservation area means what it says?
Surely it is not impossible to find a profitable use that conserves the integrity of what was one of Britain's very first cinemas.
To see the details of the planning application, follow this link.
You might also want to have the email addresses of the folks on the planning committee at LBH&F:
They are as follows:
Natalia.PerezShepherd@lbhf.gov.uk (also Shepherds Bush ward councillor)
And, to email our local Shepherds Bush ward councillors:
and our local MP Andy Slaughter
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