The Norland Conservation Area is a very special part of London.
It was always so but 43 years ago, when the Norland Conservation Society was founded, the area was in a bad way:
- 600 vehicles thundered through Clarendon Cross.
- Houses were seriously dilapidated with falling cornices, extensive multiple occupation and garish colour schemes.
- Garden squares were in poor repair with railings missing and there was a planning application for East end of St James’s Gardens.
- Five tower-block hotels around Shepherd’s Bush were threatening Norland.
Since 1969 the Norland Conservation Society has fought to preserve and improve quality of life in Norland, representing the interests of residents in the face of commercial development pressure.