Officers at Hammersmith & Fulham Council have approved detailed demolition and waste management plans for Earls Court Exhibition Centre under delegated powers.
The new Labour administration of the council has been criticised locally for allowing this after making manifesto commitments to renegotiate with Capco, but Leader Stephen Cowan told the Hammersmith Gazette: “We wrote into our manifesto that we ‘oppose the schemes for West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates’ and ‘aim to re-negotiate’ them. We are making some progress in what are difficult and complicated negotiations and will make a more substantive announcement as soon as we can”.
“The demolition of Earls Court was put together by the Conservatives and is supported by the Conservative Mayor and government. We opposed that at the time but is too late for this new administration to do anything to stop that. The demolition waste removal decision was largely a matter for Kensington and Chelsea Council and it certainly didn’t provide us with anything like an opportunity to halt the scheme. The housing estates have and will remain our clear priority”.
Developer Capital and Counties had plans for the redevelopment of the exhibition centre site approved in 2011. The scheme aims to create 7,500 homes and 10,000 jobs.
The bridge between Earls Court One and Two can now be demolished in mid-November and the Exhibition Centre demolition should begin over the Christmas period.