Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Walkabout Seeks Planning Permission

New building viewed from the north side of Shepherd's Bush Green
Dorsett Hospitality International, the group who renovated the old Shepherd's Bush Pavilion and have turned it into a successful hotel, have now made a formal planning application to redevelop the old Walkabout pub, formerly the Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph theatre

The proposed building, which includes a new tower built into the old facade, has taken into account extensive community feedback, and aims to make the new building fit better into the context of the existing Dorsett facade. 

The images above and below show what the new building will look like, if planning permission is given. 

Viewed from the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green

Viewed from the east side of Shepherd's Bush Green
Viewed from Pennard Rd

The Hammersmith Society, guardians of good architecture in our neighbourhood, had this to say about the new Walkabout plans: "The scheme is being developed along lines which we can support. The overall bulk and internal organisation of the proposal remains much as we had seen previously. The front elevation onto Shepherd’s Bush Green is now much improved with the form of the cinema being returned to how it was in the mid 1920s, based upon new photographic evidence."

Residents in Pennard Road, located behind the new building, are less impressed. Their previously private gardens will now be overlooked, and Pennard road residents are getting ready for a fight.

What do you think? Should Dorsett Regency win planning permission, or not?

To comment on the official planning page, follow this link.

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