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Old November 21st, 2012, 02:05 PM   #61
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That means Earls Court Exhibition Centre will go!
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Music to Tony Fernandes' ears, especially if his vision for QPR's new muliti-purpose stadium can be built.
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Old February 19th, 2013, 11:29 PM   #63
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Council ‘whitewash over illegal deals’ in £8bn Earl’s Court scheme

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A flagship Tory council is facing angry protests over the £8 billion redevelopment of Earl’s Court after deciding not to further investigate claims of wrongdoing. Hammersmith and Fulham said no evidence had been found that councillors and housing officers illegally offered priority housing in return for residents’ support for the scheme.

Council bosses said an independent report by consultants Deloitte did not find any “early movers” or “VIP” list of people who received promises for backing the project. But housing campaigners dismissed the report, claiming investigators did not speak to residents. Stephen Cowan, leader of the council’s Labour group, said: “I believe Deloitte’s approach has done little more than add a gloss to the whitewash the council appears to have been engaged in.”

The claims are central to a potential probe by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into Stephen Greenhalgh, Boris Johnson’s policing chief. Mr Greenhalgh led the council at the time and the IPCC is deciding whether to launch a full inquiry into his conduct over the Earl’s Court plan.

Last month, Hammersmith and Fulham signed a deal with developer Capital and Counties to sell the land containing two estates with 761 homes — West Kensington and Gibbs Green — and redevelop it into new housing. Under the scheme, art deco Earls Court exhibition centre will be bulldozed.

In the first phase of its inquiry, Deloitte examined council documents and interviewed current and former town hall staff, as well as some members of the residents’ steering group. The council decided not to proceed with the second phase, which would have included interviews with residents, as the report has already cost £20,000.

But residents’ groups said Deloitte should have spoken to locals, after finding, on the council’s computer, a list which they claim was of 38 people pro-mised a new home in Seagrave Road. Campaigner Jonathan Rosenberg said: “Why did investigators not interview these residents? Is it because they’d have confirmed the promises were made and identified who made them?”

Diana Belshaw, chairwoman of Gibbs Green residents’ association, added: “Deloitte is unable to refute the substance of the allegations without interviewing residents who were promised new homes in Seagrave Road.”

Nicholas Botterill, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council, said: “The independent investigators found no evidence of wrongdoing by anyone connected with the council. As is normal on a scheme of this size, the council talked to all affected residents about their housing needs during a consultation. There is absolutely no evidence anyone was promised anything in return for supporting the scheme.”

The Standard understands that the Deloitte report will now be passed to the Metropolitan police and the IPCC.
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'Localism in action' say residents who hand over petition to save homes

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FEARFUL of losing their homes, residents have handed over a 1,000-signature petition to the Government against the redevelopment of Earls Court. In a coordinated programme of protests, residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates first visited the Victoria headquarters of the Department for Communities and Local Government to hand in their petition to Secretary of State Eric Pickles.

They then visited the Mayfair headquarters of developers Capco; the firm's PR consultants, Endelman; Transport for London; and planning consultants DP9, unfurling banners and singing songs of opposition. MP Andy Slaughter joined the tour and demanded a meeting with Capco officials, while staff from both TfL, who are set to sell their Lillie Road bus depot as part of the redevelopment, and Endleman were forced out of their offices to pacify the determined yet peaceful group.

Community organiser Jonathan Rosenberg hailed the day as a success and said it sent a clear message to the Government and the developers that residents will not give up their fight to save the estates' 800 homes from bulldozers, earmarked to be replaced with thousands of luxury flats and amenities. He said: "This is showing the Government the majority of people do not want this. This is the Big Society, this is localism and people standing up and saying 'no' to the destruction of their community. We have got momentum and even had passers-by in Mayfair joining our protests."

Mr Pickles is set to make a decision on whether to approve both Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea Council's decision to sell their land in the coming days.

Keith Drew, chairman of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Housing Association, urged the minister to come and see the estates for himself before a ruling is made on their future. "They are not dilapidated," he said, "They are not in a state of disrepair. If they were, we'd say, 'Knock them down' but there is nothing wrong with them."

A spokesman for Capco said: "We respect the right of this group of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates to protest. Over the past five years we have engaged widely with the local community and have seen both opposition and support for the development. We believe that Sir Terry Farrells consented masterplan will bring enormous benefits to London and the local area, creating 7,500 new homes and 12,000 new jobs. We have regularly invited members of the TRA to discuss their point of view in the past and we were pleased they accepted our offer today to meet with us during their protest. We look forward to continuing this dialogue in the future."

Mayor Boris Johnson is set to look at the overall scheme in the coming weeks, while the protesters are battling to get the project taken to the High Court.
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Lillie Square (formerly known as Seagrove Road), part of the Earl's Court regeneration, has been launched:



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Pickles OK’s Earls Court estate sale

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The Government has consented to the land transfer of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates, which will allow them to be included in the regeneration of Earls Court. The consent outlined in a letter from the Department for Communities & Local Government to Hammersmith & Fulham Council allows the sale of the of estates to Capital & Counties Properties (Capco). The deal is already agreed under the terms of a Conditional Land Sale Agreement.

Under the terms of the CLSA, all qualifying residents of the estates will be offered a new home within the development which the council hopes will provide 7,500 new homes and 12,000 new jobs across a 77 acre development site.

The £8 billion scheme, based on a Masterplan by Sir Terry Farrell, is one of the biggest regeneration projects in London for decades and could provide a significant boost to the local and national economy. The decision to include the estates has not been without opponents, with a 1,000 signature petition recently handed in to CLG.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader Nicholas Botterill and Capco Investment Director Gary Yardley said in a joint statement: “This milestone is an important step forward in the regeneration of Earls Court. The plans will transform the area, creating a remarkable new place. We recognise that the decision to include the housing estates in the regeneration has aroused strong feelings. But we have always believed it will make lives better for estates residents, all of whom will be re-housed in the area if they wish to remain.”

Following the approval of the CLSA, the Council and Capco will identify the phasing of the development. They expect to be in position to consult with residents on initial detailed phasing proposals soon.
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'Localism in action' say residents who hand over petition to save homes

Community organiser Jonathan Rosenberg hailed the day as a success and said it sent a clear message to the Government and the developers that residents will not give up their fight to save the estates' 800 homes from bulldozers, earmarked to be replaced with thousands of luxury flats and amenities.
Hahahahahahahaha, bless him. He clearly doesn't understand the word "success".
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It's costing jobs in the West, not all of the West is Kensington and Chelsea. There are some dire areas in the West.
To be fair, west London is losing venue space, etc etc in favour of luxury housing. The land is very valuable and the views and streets very desirable (unlike East London beyond Tower Bridge). That is not a loss, but a gain. The workers that staffed this venue will no doubt find work in the plethera of Tesco and sainsbury locals springing up to serve the new residents. The streets and Earls Court station free of thousands of people trying to find the arena. I see win:win (even though I mourn the loss fo this particular building)
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Earls Court and West Kensington Residents’ information pack - Edition 2, March 2013 [pdf]

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Any pix of the housing estate to be redeveloped ?
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Just the kind of architecture we should be preserving in West London!

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I sure hope "21st Century High Street" won't be its official name!

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No problem, here's West Kensington and part of Gibbs Green estates from above:



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Great pics SE9!

Any info on the latest progress on this redevelopment, and particularly PP and consultations for the later phases?
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Is that grotty skyscraper staying?
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It's not that bad....
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