Rat and Mouse
Borough of Hounslow
Fri
31
Jan

Yes, according to its residents; no, according to the post office, who allocate it a TW3 postcode. And it’s causing some concern. What kind of concern? Possibly the kind that would like to be able to say “Richmond” instead of “Hounslow” after a question about where they live. 

They say that this affects everything from house prices to insurance premiums and have petitioned the Royal Mail to change it.

Geographically, they appear to have a point. But the Royal Mail points out that postcodes aren’t necessarily allocated on a geographical basis, but to aid smooth sorting and delivery. 

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Wed
22
Jan

Good news for Turnham Green. After speculation, it’s now official. Expect Piccadilly Line trains to stop at your local station. But not exactly soon. 2023 is the likely completion date for necessary works. Not so good news for Sutton. Criterian Capital have withdrawn plans for the rejuvenation of town cannabis factory Sutherland House, just days before a council meeting to discuss planning permission. Things look more positive in Mitcham, where residents have been holding digital images of proposed pre-fabs for the Clay Avenue area and smiling. However, in Earls Court, it transpires that the much-lauded (by the Mayor) plan to “regenerate” the space left by the planned demolition of the exhibition centre will contain zero, that’s zero, affordable homes. More here.

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Thu
26
Jul

Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes and Joely Richardson haven't just won their battle to halt the controversial redevelopment of Hammersmith's town hall site (and demolition of the art deco cinema), but they've earned themselves an apology, too. According to H&F Council head Nicholas Botterill, they'd "got it wrong" and "have learned from it". The power of celebrity. More here.

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Fri
23
Dec

If you're driving home for Christmas out west, it's worth knowing that - following a week of leaks and rumours - Transport for London have finally confirmed that Hammersmith flyover is suffering from a serious structural defect and, deep breath, please, they've closed it. Expect congestion. Don't expect it to re-open quickly. Sorry.

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Tue
30
Aug

We're not kidding.

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Yeah, it looks more reasonable when you see it split on a weekly basis.

It's Gordon House, in Richmond... a giant riverside stately home featuring a 47ft-long ballroom, landscaped gardens and more wings than a flock of seagulls. It used to belong to Brunel University. Now, it could turn out to be the most expensive rental property in the 'burbs. Knight Frank particulars here.

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Fri
19
Aug

There's a good picture over at the Standard. Forty-four prefabs are bring dropped opposite Hammersmith Hospital - all one and two-bedroom homes - on top of the existing four-storey blocks. One bedroom flats will be let at £794 a month, two-bedrooms at £961 a month.

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Wed
23
Jun

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Two bedrooms, lots of light, nice internal architecture and a bed raided on perspex... bestselling chick lit author Adele Parks is selling her Evershed Walk (Chiswick) flat. It's with KFH, £1.295m. Particulars here.

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If these walls could talk... are you pleased to see a US edition, or is that a gun in your pocket? [June 11, 2010]

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Wed
27
Jan

Back in 2007, we reported on plans by Declan "Dec" Donnelly to renovate his Chiswick home so that it would match the Chiswick home of Anthony "Ant" McPartlin, which can be found, conveniently, a few doors away. The neighbours weren't happy, was the story, and I'm not surprised. A whole street can be tainted by that kind of weirdness. I didn't think Dec would get away with it... but apparently - and a little bit creepily - he has:

Just so visitors can tell the difference, Ant's is on the left and Dec's is on the right - the positions the pair religiously follow in their public appearances.

And there's nothing like mock-Edwardian when you want everyone to know you've arrived.

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Mon
19
Oct

I used to live a stone's throw from Charing Cross hospital... and remember watching plans for their specialist cancer centre closely. Architecture's all about form and function, which is why Maggies Centre won the Stirling. No Stirlings for Poundbury, eh, Charles?

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Fri
11
Sep

It's a plan apparently being considered by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The plans comprise a building that is divided into five and 10 storeys fronting Shepherd's Bush Road, with shops and more than 2,800 square metres of leisure space, according to a planning statement. There will be some 429 student studios, singles and doubles.

Expect more news in November.

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