We have an URGENT request for our readers to sign a NEW PETITION calling for an immediate halt of the implementation of the “Reserved Matters for the demolition of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre”. The petition is addressed to Nick Paget-Brown, leader of Kensington and Chelsea council

Why is this important? The Earl’s Court Area Action Group explains…

This is the last legal opportunity local residents have to prevent an environmental planning catastrophe which if it were to proceed would cause massive and irreversible damage to the daily life of all those who live in Earls Court. The negative impact on the local population should rule it out from serious consideration.

The “Reserved Matter conditions to demolish the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre” in the first quarter of 2015 have been published and are to be decided by the borough of Kensington and Chelsea by 27 August 2014 – so time is of the essence!

The original planning applications required consent from both Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea and were jointly approved in November 2012.

In May 2014 the Labour Party overthrew the Conservative majority in Hammersmith and Fulham. This was a major game changer…

• Since that time Hammersmith and Fulham have commissioned a review of all agreements and transactions associated with the proposed development and have announced a ‘pause’ to all dealings with the developer.

• The District Valuer’s Report, determining the value of the planning gain is being questioned, with the potential for a re-valuation of the entire site.

• TfL’s feasibility study on the relocation of the Lillie Bridge Engineering Depot is inconclusive as to its future and further investment has been made at this Depot.

• Tesco’s have amended their application for 100 West Cromwell Road.

• The developers do not own all the land in Application 1.

It is rumoured that the developers, in light of the ‘pause’ in Hammersmith and Fulham, will concentrate on the RBKC Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road as a standalone development. This is against RBKC core policy and the impact assessment studies supporting the original applications will become redundant—this should be resisted. If demolished this could be another Battersea Power Station—a ruin for years and a loss to the local, national and international economy.

Call for a halt to the process, SIGN THE NEW PETITION TODAY, and help save Earls Court Exhibition Centre!

Thank you for your support,

Earl’s Court Area Action Group

Please click on the link below and sign now……


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