Earls Court: We still stand ready to buy back ‘Peoples’ Estates’, says council leader

Hammersmith & Fulham leader Stephen Cowan has underlined his offer to buy back two housing estates from the major property developer that took control of them as part of a stalled major regeneration scheme. In a letter to estate residents, Cowan wrote that his Labour administration remains “willing and able” to return to Capital and […]

Hammersmith & Fulham pressing ahead with compulsory purchase plan as Capco continues to seek Earls Court buyer

Progress, if that is the right word, in the main section of the huge Earls Court redevelopment project can be summarised as an empty space where the Earls Court exhibition centre buildings once stood. It is ten years since the scheme came into public view, back when Hammersmith & Fulham Council was run by the […]

Earls Court: Sadiq Khan ‘patience is wearing thin’ with Capco over stalled scheme

Sadiq Khan has stepped up his pressure on property giant Capital and Counties (Capco) to return two West London housing estates to the control of their local borough, saying his “patience is wearing thin” with the lack of progress on the issue. In a written answer to a question by London Assembly Member Tom Copley, […]

Earls Court: what does Sadiq Khan’s intervention mean?

Sadiq Khan’s intervention in the very large and very stalled Earls Court redevelopment project last week – first reported by On London, I’m pleased to say – was welcomed by campaigners against the demolition of two housing estates earmarked for demolition and by Labour-run Hammersmith & Fulham Council (H&F), which has promised a better deal […]

Earls Court: Sadiq Khan says housing estates must be saved and more ‘affordable’ homes delivered under any new regeneration plans

Sadiq Khan has warned that more affordable homes should be offered under any new plans for the stalled Earls Court redevelopment scheme and said that two housing estates under threat of demolition as part of the current plans should be “handed back entirely” to council ownership ahead of any alternative proposals for the site being […]

Earls Court: Hammersmith & Fulham leader repeats call for return of estates as Capco seeks ‘third party capital’

More than six months since Hammersmith & Fulham Council knocked back the idea of a new and bigger masterplan to rev up the glacially slowgoing Earls Court redevelopment scheme, has there been much forward motion? Answer: not really. But there have been a few stirrings of note. The latest takes the form of a letter from the […]

Earls Court: council rejects mooted new Capco masterplan and restates call for ‘return’ of housing estates

A lot has happened since July 2013 when the then Mayor Boris Johnson praised proposals for redeveloping a big chunk of Earls Court as a “landmark project”, but most of has happened wasn’t planned. By now, a whole new neighbourhood should have been taking vigorous shape – a comprehensive “re-imagining” of Earls Court, as its champions have […]

‘People’s estates’ could ‘return to council control’ as Capco prepares new Earls Court masterplan

Property giant Capital and Counties (Capco) is preparing a new masterplan for the controversial Earls Court redevelopment project under which Hammersmith and Fulham Council would require two council-owned housing estates that have been earmarked for sale and demolition to be returned wholly to borough control, according to letter from the leader of Labour-run Hammersmith and Fulham Council. […]