The demolition of Earls Court’s exhibition halls looms ever nearer after practicalities for the work were approved by the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF), and Kensington and Chelsea.
Some campaigning for the retention of the halls had hopes of a reprieve after Labour took control of LBHF in the June local elections.
The party pledged a review of the approval for the scheme process. But, in a meeting held behind closed doors recently, Hammersmith & Fulham planning officers used delegated powers to approve the specific demolition and waste management plans.
The Earls Court scheme, led by owner Capital & Counties Properties (Capco), has been in the planning system since 2011.
Last summer, the government chose not to ’call-in’ the project for a pubic enquiry.
The £8bn plans, drawn up by Sir Terry Farrell, for Capco, also involve demolishing two council estates. The Earls Court scheme then promises to create 7,500 homes and 10,000 jobs and bring £450m in community benefits and improvements to the local area, including new roads, schools, health centres and transport improvements.
The Association of Event Organisers has led belatedly opposition to the scheme, but now the wrecking ball is poised to swing over the historic venue.
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