Council Plans Earl’s Court Takeover

Hammersmith & Fulham Council are considering making a compulsory purchase order for the Earl’s Court site, currently owned by Capital & Counties and TfL.

The move, which would be the biggest CPO in London in recent years costing an estimated £200m, comes after the planned £12bn regeneration scheme for the site of the former exhibition centre has persistently stalled.

Council Leader Stephen Cowan commented: “It is an unusual step for a borough leader to set in motion a plan to CPO land controlled by the Mayor of ­London and another borough, but we need action and bold decisions.

“This is the most important development site in London but no progress has been made in almost seven years — no schools, no homes, no open space, no improved transport and no jobs for local people.

“We need to bring forward comprehensive redevelopment of the area. We will do proper master planning, make sure all the sites work together and ensure we maximise genuinely affordable housing.”

The Earl’s Court site is both an iconic and very central and accessible west London location, on which it has been identified 7,000 homes could be provided. So it will be interesting to watch what happens next and whether the redevelopment will finally get off the ground.

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Source Capital West London
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