The owner of Earls Court has officially submitted its planning application for a 77-acre redevelopment of the site including the exhibition venue’s demolition.
Capital and Counties’ (CapCo) planning application, submitted under its Earls Court Properties subsidiary, includes outline plans for the 77-acre Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area as well as detailed plans for the Seagrave Road car park. As previously reported in EN, the Masterplan created by Sir Terry Farrell will see the Earls Court exhibition centres and homes within the site knocked down to accommodate new residential and business districts.
Should the plans be approved within CapCo’s original 12-month timeline, Earls Court 1 will close for good in Q3, 2012 after its London 2012 commitments. Earls Court and Olympia is taking bookings for September 2012 but has not confirmed events after that.
“The submission of the planning application for Sir Terry Farrell’s Earls Court Masterplan is an important milestone,” leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham councillor Stephen Greenhalgh said. “We have said all along that we will only include our land if there are proven benefits for people living on the estates first and foremost, then the wider area and then the Borough as a whole.
“I am of the view that a comprehensive development of the whole Opportunity Area is the best way to serve the interests of both estates residents and the Borough. We will continue to work closely with residents on the estates and we look forward to considering the planning applications before us.”
The Masterplan divides the 77-acre Earls Court Opportunity Area (ECOA) into four villages: Earls Court, West Brompton, West Kensington and North End Village. These will incorporate 7,500 new homes and 186,000sqm of commercial space as well as a primary school, library, hotel, community centre and 23.5 acres of public open areas.
The site is owned by CapCo, Transport for London and Hammersmith and Fulham Council and includes the West Kensington and Green Gibbs housing estates. The Masterplan was first put on public display at Earls Court in March and won an award at the MIPIM property show in Cannes in March. Following feedback, the plan was revised in time for a Seagrave Road drop-in session and second display in June.
“Our proposals for Earls Court represent a multi-billion poundinvestment in London,” said Earls Court Properties director Gary Yardley, whose organisation represents the three landowners. “Our planning application follows two years of consultation and we are proud to submit a Masterplan which has been shaped by the community.”
But although the owners are confident of success, residents in the local area represented by the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Tenants and Residents Associations are fighting against demolition of their homes.
In a press statement last week, the associations criticised CapCo for its claims that local residents are behind the scheme. The group also insists two-thirds of households on the estates have signed membership forms to joint West Kensington and Gibbs Green Community Homes to stop the new plans for the site.
Labour MP Andy Slaughter has also been quoted as being against CapCo’s plans in various media reports, and the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) is lobbying against Earls Court’s closure at a government level.
Pictured: Illustration of the Seagrave Road redevelopment.
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