Earl’s Court Compulsory Purchase Gets Green Light

A bid by Hammersmith and Fulham Council to issue a compulsory purchase order on part of the Earl’s Court redevelopment site has been approved at a council meeting.

Capital and Counties’ proposed £12bn redevelopment scheme for the former Earl’s Court exhibition centre and surrounding area has been delayed for over five years as a result of disagreement between the council and developers. The scheme would see around 7,000 homes built, including the replacement of some local authority homes with affordable homes.

It is reported that Hammersmith and Fulham Council are proposing to issue a CPO for just part of the site in order to ‘unblock the stalemate’. However this could effectively block redevelopment of the entire site.

Stephen Cowan, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, said: “When markets fail, the public sector must step in. That’s precisely what we’re doing with the biggest compulsory purchase order in modern history in order to deliver much-needed homes and economic activity on the site.”

The Earl’s Court situation is a complex one, but the heart of the matter is the difficulty of reconciling public and private interest, especially in the London market. It is, however, difficult to see how compulsorily purchasing the site will simplify things.

Source The Guardian
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