Saturday, 29 April 2017

Earls Court land sale to go ahead despite protests

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is on the verge of ploughing ahead with a controversial re-development at Earls Court.

This is despite nearly three quarters of residents involved in a consultation objecting to the plans.

Developer Capital & Counties wants to redevelop Earls Court exhibition centre and nearby West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.

Tenants on the estates have been fighting the move and calling for the council to allow them to take over the ownership and management of 760 homes.

The council’s cabinet this week (Monday 23 April) agreed a conditional land sale agreement will go to a future cabinet meeting. If the CLSA is approved all 760 homes on the two estates would be demolished and the tenants re-housed in the redevelopment area.

The local authority has said all tenants, resident leaseholders and freeholders will be compensated if the CLSA is agreed and will only have to move once their new home is ready.

In a consultation carried out on the estates 64.9 per cent of the 331 tenants who responded were opposed to the redevelopment, while only 30.8 per cent were in favour. The council said 1,427 people responded in total and while the majority of tenants on the estates were against the redevelopment the majority of those in the wider area were in favour.

If the CLSA is agreed the council will receive about £105 million, an estimated £64 million of which, after compensation and costs, would be available to be reinvested back in the borough.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Hammersmith & Fulham council leader, said: ‘Our part of west London is a vital engine of the London economy and the London economy drives UK growth. Growth is the engine of economic opportunity and this country needs economic growth.

‘We have long said that we are interested in seeing if our residents could benefit from this strategic redevelopment opportunity.’

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