Residents fear quiet mews could be turned into shopping district
Mayfair garage to be turned into shop could 'set precedent'
24 March, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
The garage in Bourdon Street in Mayfair
MAYFAIR residents fear a quiet mews could be transformed into a busy shopping district.
Grosvenor has been granted permission to turn a garage in Bourdon Street into a shop after appealing a rejection by the council’s planning committee last year.
A planning inspector has ruled in favour of Grosvenor, one of the biggest landowners in Westminster, and residents fear this will set a precedent.
Longstanding residents, who did not want to be named, told the West End Extra the street was a “peaceful, historic and eclectic” mews and said Grosvenor had showed a “callous disregard for their local community”.
The mews has three blocks of social housing and is home to vulnerable, elderly and disabled residents. Grosvenor already has permission to turn another garage into an art gallery.
Ron Whelan, chairman of the Mayfair Residents’ Association, added that turning garages into shops “makes life fairly miserable for people living there”.
The planning inspector ruled that turning a garage into a shop “would not be out of place in the conservation area and would add to the rich variety of commercial and retail uses within it”. It could even “positively help to enhance the sense of community,” they added.
A spokesman for Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “We want to work with local residents and businesses to introduce small changes of use on Bourdon Street, such as retail, gallery or craft.”