The first detailed proposals for parts of the new Earls Court, featuring new homes, squares and parks around London’s newest High Street, have been approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF).
Earls Court owner Capital & Counties Properties (Capco) has welcomed the decisions made this week by the planning committees of both councils to approve Capco’s Reserved Matters Applications which include the detailed design proposals for Earls Court Village. This follows receipt of outline planning permission for the 3msqm Earls Court Masterplan from both boroughs in November 2013. It also follows last week’s formal agreement of a Joint Venture with Transport for London (TfL) to bring forward the first phases of the Earls Court Masterplan.
The proposals for this part of the Masterplan, which now have detailed consent, cover an area of 16 acres. There will be 1,200 new homes and the first phase of the new High Street with retail, dining, leisure, culture and community facilities.
A new landscape and public park, designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Andy Sturgeon, features restaurants and cafes.
Capco’s detailed planning application for a change of use for the Empress State Building from commercial to residential was also approved by LBHF on 3 April. The building will now be integrated into the Earls Court Masterplan. The new scheme proposes the creation of 340 new homes as well as improvements to the facade of the existing building.
Gary Yardley, Investment Director of Capco, said: “We are delighted that our detailed proposals for Earls Court have been approved by RBKC and LBHF. The project has real momentum and this decision signals another major milestone in delivering the vision for Earls Court. As well as creating a vibrant new part of London, the plans will act as an enormous boost to the economy, creating thousands of new homes and jobs and signalling an £8bn investment in the local area.”
The detailed designs are part of architect Sir Terry Farrell’s Masterplan for the Earls Court area which will see a £452m package of benefits for the local community and £44m invested in the local transport infrastructure.
Detailed design proposals for further phases of the Earls Court Masterplan will be presented for consultation in late 2014.
Demolition of the venue’s exhibition halls is expected to start next year, with building work phased over 15 years.
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