|West 12 Centre Hosts Drone Taster Community Day|
Event on Saturday offers family fun and a chance to discuss development plans
The West 12 Shopping Centre is hosting a community event on its first floor on Saturday 14 September, from 1pm till 7pm, where visitors can discuss plans for the centre's revelopment and join in some fun family events.
The highlight of the event, which is being organised by award winning community charity Petit Miracles, will be Drone Taster sessions, offering hands on drone flying opportunities for everyone aged seven and up.
There will also be model building, painting, videos, music and refreshments.
Visitors can also visit Petit Miracles' hub, offering products and services from a number of local traders and find out out the charity's regular worshops, where participants can learn about furniture upcycling, using power tools and upholstering stools.
Find out more about these workshops here.
Landsec, owners of the centre on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green says this event is part of its wider consultation for the W12 and provides an opportunity for people to discuss its redevelopment plans.
Earlier this year, Landsec revealed radical plans for the site including demolition of half of the building and closure of the businesses within it, including supermarket Lidl and the Vue cinema.
Landsec says: "We are thinking about the site in two halves: the back half containing Vue, Fitness First, Lidl and part of the car park; and the front half containing Aroma, Poundland, Argos, Bush Doctors, Wetherspoons and the Shepherd’s Bush Green frontages.
"When the back half is developed, all retailers there would go e.g. Vue, Fitness First, Lidl. We will definitely bring a supermarket back and are currently in discussions to see who else would want to return.
In documents unveiled during an earlier public consultation, Landsec said the benefits of its proposals would include:
Creating a new, safer, open air
pedestrian route through
the site to Shepherd’s Bush
Station / Westfield, increasing natural
surveillance from new
residential and retail
elements and adding
Recreating the original feel of the Concorde centre by taking the roof off the main mall to create a more welcoming and open feel with new public spaces at the heart of the scheme providing a welcoming environment to be enjoyed by all including space for pop-ups, local events and performances
Improving the local service offer for all locals – not Westfield, retain the local doctors' surgery and retaining a local supermarket
Providing 700+ new affordable homes which would be high quality, well
insulated, heated and
Creating a variety of retail jobs, plus workspace for hundreds
of new jobs, affordable workspace
hub space such as a community café offering
healthy food, new, high quality,
New street planting, trees
and small parks to provide
places to sit and breathe,
children’s play areas to
encourage safe play with
better air quality, new enlarged doctors’
surgery, improved air quality through
planting and materials, limited number of parking
spaces for electric and
The company added that in a consultation held in 2018, of the 700 respondents, 72% felt either neutral, negatively or extremely negatively towards the site as it is.
However, Landsec added: " We were also told that there is a unique local convenience offer still enjoyed by many residents."
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September 12, 2019