West Ken consultation opens

LB Hammersmith & Fulham have opened a consultation into the future of the Gibbs Green and West Kensington Estates, both of which could become part of the redevelopment of Earls Court.

The council is looking for views on the proposals to include the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates in wider plans for the Earls Court exhibition centre and wider area.

The plans have produced a lot of comment, but could offer the estate’s residents considerable benefits, says the council. An economic assessment commissioned by the council has provisionally concluded that including the estates in the wider area would be in the best interests of local people.

LBHF have guaranteed that, if the estates are included within the wider plans, secure council tenants and resident Leaseholder and Freeholders living on the estates will be offered new homes in the redevelopment area.

Council leader Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh said: “The council has to consider all the options available, which includes weighing up the disruption that redevelopment would cause for existing residents against potential longer term benefits, including new homes, job opportunities and other neighbourhood improvements.”

The consultation runs from January 6 until February 17.

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