Page last updated at 12:06 GMT, Friday, 14 May 2010 13:06 UK

Concert to save Goldhawk Industrial Estate from closure

Young musicians
The quartet and their organiser hope to help residents conduct their campaign

Young musicians from the Royal College of Music are holding a charity concert in a bid to help save a London industrial estate.

Planning permission has been given the go-ahead to flatten the Goldhawk estate in Hammersmith to create housing.

Residents argue the move will cost the area 200 jobs and put pressure on parking, and a public inquiry has been launched into plans.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council said it gave consideration to residents' views.

The council gave planning permission for the project, which would see fruit smoothie makers Innocent and a radio production company forced to move.

'Terrible development'

The classical music concert is to be held on 14 May at Holy Innocents Church in the area.

Michele Jaffe-Pearce is a former journalist who is helping organise the campaign, and the concert is being held to raise legal fees.

The estate itself is low level and non-intensive
Michele Jaffe-Pearce

She said: "Residents think it is appalling that they are going to get rid of 200 jobs in the middle of a recession.

"The workers are good for the local economy, shops and cafes."

Ms Jaffe-Pearce added: "The estate itself is low level and non-intensive.

"The council gave planning permission for this terrible development, which has very little affordable housing."

Ingrid Clement, a 19-year-old violin student, has organised a string quartet for the concert.

"We are always looking for performance opportunities," she said. "We need to play in public, so we are very happy to do what we are passionate about and help to raise money."

A spokeswoman for Hammersmith and Fulham Council said: "The planning committee gave very careful consideration to all the issues, taking account of local people's views.

"It was considered that there are insufficient planning grounds to refuse permission for this scheme."



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