Earls Court exhibition centre could be replaced by up to 10,000 homes according to new proposals being worked up for the West London landmark
Developer Capital and Counties (CapCo) has submitted documents to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for a swathe of new housing on the 67-acre site, as well as shopping and leisure facilities, a hotel and 600,000m² of office space.
The scale of the proposal and demolition of the exhibition centre goes against the council’s development plan for around 4,000 homes and a new £400 million exhibition centre to occupy the site. It is understood CapCo envisages conferences and exhibitions to be held at it’s Kensington Olympia site, outside of the Earls Court regeneration area.
A spokesman for Hammersmith and Fulham Council said: “The information put forward by CapCo is not a plan for the area.
‘CapCo has submitted its own representations as part of Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Local Development Framework Core Strategy Options paper. Local residents will have the chance to become fully involved in shaping the future of their neighbourhood before any plans or proposals are put on the table.’
The site will remain unchanged until at least 2012 when the exhibition centre is being used to host the Olympic volleyball event and no formal planning application has been submitted as yet. CapCo paid around £375 million for a stake in 2007 when architects KPF were appointed to develop a masterplan.