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. […]

Earls Court project moves into ‘meanwhile’ mode

In August, two planning applications were set before Hammersmith and Fulham Council, seeking temporary changes to the uses being made of a row of commercial properties on Lillie Road. Not long ago they were shops, a cafe and a pub called the Prince of Wales. Their current uses can be summarised as nothing much at all, except, perhaps, as […]

Earls Court: alternative masterplans for controversial scheme

Opponents and critics of the vast and controversial Earl’s Court project have been promoting alternative visions for the 77-acre site’s development. Students at University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning have exhibited their own masterplans for the main part of the area, while research institute Create Streets has produced a proposal for a section of it, which […]

What next for the Earls Court project?

In December last year a seven-page document from Pall Mall planning consultants DP9 was submitted to City Hall in response to Sadiq Khan’s call for ideas about building A City for All Londoners. DP9 were representing their client EC Properties LP on behalf of property development giant Capital and Counties Properties PLC – Capco for short – in connection […]

Earl’s Court: the changing London of Duggie Fields

Into the pockets of grey post-war London where the 1960s swung stepped a young man called Duggie Fields. Originally from Tidworth, a village at the edge of Salisbury Plain, he had considered moving to Liverpool but had, as he puts it, “discovered the Rolling Stones out in the suburbs”. So London it was, as, in truth, […]

Earl’s Court: ‘no decision’ yet on new masterplan for controversial scheme

The lead developer behind one of London’s largest regeneration projects says it has yet to decide whether to submit a new masterplan for the area, having told London Mayor Sadiq Khan five months ago it had been inspired by him to review the original scheme. Property giant Capital and Counties (Capco), which secured permissions for the comprehensive redevelopment […]