An appeal concerning the redevelopment of Fulham Town Hall, a Grade II* listed building, has been dismissed. The Appellant proposed a retail arcade and apartments in the former town hall opposite Fulham Broadway Underground station. The Inspector found that the appeal scheme’s impact on the fabric of the interiors, its intactness, and its historic interest would be at the upper end of the spectrum of less than substantial harm. His approach was to ask whether there would be at least a commensurate level of public benefit for it to be justified. In his view, the appeal scheme did not deliver sufficient benefit. He added that in his view, there was no urgent need accept the first scheme to come along, when this would cause significant harm, just in order to preserve the building.
Hereward Phillpot QC
Alexander Booth QC