The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) has granted property investment and development company Capital and Counties (CapCo) outline planning permission for its bid to demolish the Earls Court exhibition centre and make way for 7,500 new homes.
Approval was given during a planning meeting in Hammersmith established specifically to debate the site’s future. The masterplan, created for CapCo and other site owners, Transport for London and LBHF, is based around four distinct villages and a high street, covering more than 930,000sq m. The development includes mansion blocks, tall buildings, garden squares, commercial and retail zones but does not include any replacement exhibition space in the area. LBHF’s resolution to grant consent comes a week after the council approved a land sale agreement to purchase homes across the Earls Court estate to make way for redevelopment.
“We are pleased by the council’s decision to pass the resolution to grant outline planning consent for the Earls Court Masterplan,” CapCo chief executive Ian Hawksworth said. “The proposed scheme will offer a multi-billion pound investment in both London and the local community creating thousands of new homes and jobs.”
The decision to approve the plans came against backlash from local residents who turned out in force at the planning meeting in the hope of further raising their concerns against redevelopment. It also comes despite the Association of Event Organisers’ plea to consider the economic value and importance of the exhibition industry. The next crucial stage forward in the plan’s realisation is approval from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which has scheduled a similar planning meeting in late October.