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Terry Farrell’s £8 billion Earls Court masterplan submitted for planning

Terry Farrell + Partners’ 28 hectare masterplan for the redevelopment of the Earls Court in west London has been submitted for planning

The 7,500 home project involves the demolition of the two Earls Court exhibition centres, plus a London Underground depot and two housing estates.

Practices working on the Earls Court project include Allies & Morrison, Chris Dyson, Benoy, Higgs Young, KPF, MAKE, John McAslan + Partners, Patel Taylor, Paul Davies and Studio Egret West.

Developer Capital & Counties (Capco) has submitted three planning applications for the project.

Neighbouring boroughs Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham have each received outline planning applications for the scheme because the project straddles their border.

A third detailed application for a John McAslan + Partners-designed housing scheme on nearby Seagrave Road has been submitted to Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Gary Yardley of CapCo subsidiary EC Properties said:  ‘Our planning application follows two years of consultation and we are proud to submit a masterplan which has been shaped by the community. It draws its inspiration from London, and specifically from the neighbouring areas of Kensington and Fulham.”

Terry Farrell, Terry Farrell & Partners founder added: ‘We have developed a Masterplan that draws inspiration from the surrounding communities to create “Four Villages and a 21st Century High Street” which will bring new homes, health & education facilities, as well as remarkable new open space to London.’

Earlier this week, London Assembly member Jenny Jones called on London mayor Boris Johnson to the two housing estates threatened with demolition.

A statement issued by campaigners against the redevelopment claimed that a ‘clear majority’ of people living on the Gibbs Green and West Kensington estates ‘oppose demolition and want to take over their homes under the Coalition Government’s Localism policies.’

In January, a residents’ group launched a bid to save the estates by transferring their ownership from the council to a housing association.

Residents from the estates will be re-housed on Seagrave Road as part of the redevelopment project.

In response to Jones’ comments, a Hammersmith and Fulham Council spokesperson said: ‘There is real support for the scheme in the estates. More than 60 residents are actively working with the council to help shape proposals for new homes.

‘Residents on the estates themselves have negotiated a set of legally binding guarantees which ensure they will get brand new homes at the same rent if development goes ahead.’

The project aims to deliver 7,500 new homes with 9.5 hectares of ‘public open space’. The scheme will also include over 185,000m² of office and retail space.

Earls Court will host the Olympic Volleyball tournament in 2012.

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