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Earl’s Court Development granted planning permission

A planning application, which opens the way for the redevelopment of the Earl’s Court site, has been approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Major Planning Development Committee. The decision gives outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the part of the site within Kensington and Chelsea which includes the Earls Court 1 Exhibition Centre.

The overall Earl’s Court plans will see the creation of a new urban quarter spanning the two boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, which will provide thousands of new homes, a minimum of 7,000 new jobs, new retail units, community facilities and new cultural facilities. Neighbouring Hammersmith & Fulham Council is seeking to regenerate the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Housing Estates and Transport for London is looking at options for its Lillie Bridge Rail Depot making the area a site of immense potential. The plan for the 77-acre site has been designed as a scheme of four urban villages by Sir Terry Farrell.


The decision means that the Earls Court exhibition centre will face demolition. Designed by Detroit architect C Howard Crane, the exhibition hall was the biggest indoor space in Europe when it opened in 1937. As one of London’s highest capacity venues, Earls Court has seen some of music’s biggest names, including Pink Floyd, the Stones, Queen and the Spice Girls, as well as hosting the Brit awards for a decade. But, in recent years it has lost out to the success of the O2.


Councillor Paul Warrick, who chaired the meeting said: “Redeveloping Earl’s Court to provide much needed housing and other uses has been our policy for many years. On both sides of the border we hope that the granting of this planning application will make Earl’s Court a more desirable place to live with less congestion and more opportunity for work, commerce and leisure.”




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