Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council Stephen Cowan has written to residents of the Gibbs Green and West Ken estates saying that they are likely to be redeveloped unless the council and Capco can agree “a better way forward”.
The letter details the process gone through by the previous administration to agree a Conditional Land Sale Agreement for the estates so they could be taken in to Capital & Counties’ (Capco) overall Earls Court regeneration scheme.
It also apologises for not being able to disclose details of the discussions held between his own administration and Capco since the local elections in May 2014, saying they are commercially sensitive and subject to legal restrictions.
Cllr Cowan’s letter acknowledges the council’s options for stopping the redevelopment of the estates are limited, saying “as they (Capco) now own the land and have planning permission, they will crack on with their current scheme if we cannot agree a better way forward”.
However, he says negotiations are making some progress, and clearly still hopes to fulfil their manifesto commitment to renegotiate the redevelopment of the two estates.