EC Properties’ plan does not provide enough affordable homes
Developer in rethink on Earl’s Court revamp
A developer has pledged to change its plans for a controversial 5,759-home regeneration scheme after the Greater London Authority warned it would breach 44 policies in the London plan.
EC Properties, a subsidiary of developer Capital and Counties, wants to demolish the West Kensington and Gibbs Green housing estates as part of its plans to redevelop the Earl’s Court area of west London, one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.
However, the Greater London Authority last Wednesday said the scheme fails to comply with 44 policies in the mayor’s London plan, including six housing policies, meaning EC Properties and Hammersmith & Fulham Council will have to go back to the drawing board.
The application includes plans to replace the 760 social rented homes on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates with 560 new social rented homes and 200 on a separate site at Seagrave Road.
Of the remaining 5,199 new homes, 740 will be for intermediate rent, so just 14 per cent of new additional homes will be classed as affordable.
The London plan requires ‘councils to seek maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing’ and requires them to have regard to its own targets for affordable homes.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s own strategy has a borough-wide target for affordable housing of 40 per cent on additional dwellings.
The GLA report said: ‘Further information and discussion is required on all aspects of the affordable housing provision in order to ensure that this would comply with the London plan.’
The plans, which have faced opposition from two local residents’ groups, also failed to comply with policies around size criteria, space standards and density.
A spokesperson for EC Properties said the developer will continue with its plans but will make amendments ahead of a consultation in the new year. He did not specify what amendments are planned but said the GLA’s concerns, including those about affordable housing, will be addressed.