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London Plan snags Farrell’s Earls Court vision

Terry Farrell and Partners’ masterplan for the redevelopment of the Earls Court in west London has been sent back to the drawing board after failing to meet the London Plan

A report by the Greater London Authority (GLA) found the 28-hectare regeneration scheme inconsistent with more than 40 London Plan policies, including land use, housing and urban design.

The report also set out a range of ‘possible remedies’ for the £8 billion Capital & Counties Properties-backed project.  

A spokesman for the developer EC Properties said the GLA comments would be used to revise the masterplan.

They said: ‘The GLA Report, as is usual for a Stage 1 report, identifies areas they would like us to look at again. We are happy to do so.

‘We are shortly submitting revisions to the masterplan as is normal for an application of this size, and these revisions will take the comments of the GLA into account. They will be consulted on in the new year.’

Submitted for planning in June, the scheme replaces two exhibition centres at Earls Court and two nearby housing estates.

Practices working on the project include Allies and Morrison, Chris Dyson Architects, Benoy, KPF, Make, John McAslan + Partners, Patel Taylor Architects, Paul Davis + Partners, and Studio Egret West.

Local resident and campaigner Jonathan Rosenberg said: ‘We welcome the fact they have identified it doesn’t conform with the London Plan. That’s clearly a very good outcome for us.’

Rosenberg’s campaign group is attempting to challenge an agreement between local authority Hammersmith and Fulham and the developer relating to the sale of the two housing estates.

Under the regeneration plans residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates would be re-housed at a nearby development on Seagrave Road.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Imagine that the current proposal actually existed. Now imagine that what is really on the site were being proposed as a planning application: protestors would be suffering paroxysms. It puts things into perspective. Similarly, if Battersea Power Station did not exist but was being proposed, the antis would be spitting feathers. There are too many people mired in a sea of knee-jerk nimby-itis conjoined with sentimentalism. This kills cities. Paul Finch

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