Earls Court to make way for a new London district
November 21, 2012
It was announced that the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in west London is to be demolished to provide space for thousands of new homes. This is part of an £8billion regeneration plan for the centre put forward by Capco and approved by Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea councils.
Developers will use architect Sir Terry Farrell’s blueprint for four ‘urban villages’, incorporating offices, hotels and a ‘21st century high street’ on the 77-acre site. It is hoped that this will create 7,500 houses alongside 12,000 permanent full-time jobs.
Earls court opened in 1937 and has played host to some of the biggest names in the music world. Due to it’s history, and that the new plans will also mean tenants at the West Kensington and Gibbs Green housing estates will have to be re-housed, there has been strong opposition from local residents.
Councillor Paul Warrick, who chaired a Kensington and Chelsea planning committee meeting, said: “Redeveloping Earls Court to provide much needed housing and other uses has been our policy for many years… We hope that the granting of this planning application will make Earls Court a more desirable place to live with less congestion and more opportunity for work, commerce and leisure.”
It is expected for the project to take around 20 years to complete. While London is in desperate need of new housing this time frame means that these plans are not going to ease the short term need of housing within the capital.