Earls court detail approved

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 and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Both Councils have approved Capco’s Reserved Matters Applications which include the detailed design proposals for Earls Court Village. They both approved the outline proposals for the 10.1 million sq ft Earls Court Masterplan in November 2013.

The decision follows last week’s formal agreement of a Joint Venture between Capco and Transport for London 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 and provide for 2.4 million square feet of residential-led, mixed-use space. This will include over 1,200 new homes, 3.35 acres of publicly accessible park – which is over half of the planned Lost River Park – and the first phase of the new High Street with retail, dining, leisure, culture and community facilities.

The public park, designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Andy Sturgeon, features restaurants and cafes. 450 new trees and 20,000 plants will be planted in a series of garden squares linked by both structured and informal landscapes.

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 Empress State Building will now be integrated into the Earls Court Masterplan, adding 580,000 square feet of residential floor space to the overall Masterplan area.

The new scheme proposes the creation of 340 new homes as well as improvements to the façade of the existing building.

Gary Yardley, Investment Director of Capco, said: “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 £8 billion investment in the local area.”

The detailed designs are part of architect Sir Terry Farrell’s Masterplan for the Earls Court area. Over £8 billion will be invested in the overall Earls Court project, creating 7,500 new homes, including 1,500 affordable homes, and over 10,000 jobs.

Detailed design proposals for further phases of the Earls Court Masterplan will be presented for consultation in late 2014.

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