H&F says no to Capco

Hammersmith & Fulham Council appears to be refusing to consider a request from Capital & Counties to produce a new masterplan for Earls Court.

Capco had asked to produce a new masterplan in 2017 which would allow them to increase density on the site, delivering an extra 2500 homes.  However, the council seems unwilling to consider. In a statement, the council said: “The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF) has given further consideration to Capital & Counties Properties PLC’s (Capco) request for a new masterplan.

“LBHF has taken into account the concerns raised in October last year by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the recent position of the Greater London Authority on regeneration schemes. Therefore LBHF, as landowner, does not believe that the proposed level of density and affordable housing could be supported or delivered.

“LBHF views the current agreed scheme as undeliverable and have called on Capco to return the estates to LBHF as this is the only viable way forward.”

Capco has said previously that it believes that if an enhanced masterplan was not allowed to progress or an agreement was not reached, it believed the conditional land sale agreement transferring the Gibbs Green and West Kensington estates to Capco’s ownership would stay in force.

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