Hammersmith & Fulham council grants outline permission to Terry Farrell scheme

Earl's Court at night

Source: Dan Taylor

An £8bn masterplan for Earl’s Court drawn up by architect Sir Terry Farrell last night won outline planning consent from Hammersmith & Fulham council.

The controversial scheme, for developer CapCo, will see the demolition of the famous Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in order to build a new 7,500-home neighbourhood including offices, leisure, hotel and retail space, a new primary school, library, an integrated health centre and 5-acre public park.

The masterplan for 57 acre Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area is built on a vision of creating four separate ‘villages’ linked by a new high street and the park.

Since the area covers two boroughs, it will also require outline planning permission from Kensington & Chelsea council.

Back in February, CapCo won approval from the council to build more than 800 homes on a former car park in the area.

“The proposed scheme will offer a multi-billion-pound investment in both London and the local community, creating thousands of new homes and jobs,” CapCo chief executive Ian Hawksworth said in a statement today.

An official consultation with council tenants affected showed that 66% of those who took part objected to the plans. The council, however, points to the economic benefits of the scheme and claims that it has majority support in the wider area.