Another Chance to Speak Up over Plans for Seagrave Road and Earls Court

Second stage of council's consultation runs until Christmas

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council is once again inviting local people to have their say on plans for the redevelopment of Earls Court and Seagrave Road in Fulham.

The council has launched the latest stage of consultation on its planning framework called the ‘Supplementary Planning Document, or SPD.

The framework sets out key principles for the long term future development of the area on issues such as urban form, housing, employment, social and community facilities and transport.

The SPD supports the idea of comprehensive regeneration, including building new homes for residents on West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.

The proposed planning framework comes on top of a separate economic study which showed that comprehensive regeneration including the estates would bring significant benefits for local people including new jobs, homes, better transport links, a greater range of housing choice, new community facilities and other neighbourhood improvements.

A previous consultation was held by the council in September, when it invited residents to comment on the planning applications submitted to the council.

These applications consist of two outline planning applications and a conservation area consent application for the Earls Court site, plus a detailed planning application to redevelop the Seagrave Road Lorry Park site and land off Roxby Place.

Together, these applications seek permission for the redevelopment of an area of 28 hectares (69 acres), including the Earls Court Exhibition Centres, the Lillie Bridge Rail Depot and the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Housing Estates.

The Seagrave Road application seeks permission to provide 808 residential properties, including 200 affordable properties, constructed in 8 residential blocks, ranging from 4 to 16 storeys height above ground level. In the centre of the development is a garden square. The application also includes a gym facility with associated café and 485 car parking spaces.

The applications followed a masterplan produced by renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell which imagines a future of four villages and a high street, with up to 7,500 new homes and more than 12,000 permanent new jobs.

The council says no land agreement has yet been signed and it will continue to consult local people before making a final decision.

The council also says it will only consider signing a land agreement if legal agreements drawn up by residents themselves can be met. These guarantees include:

* An offer of a new modern home for council tenants, leaseholders and freeholders within the regeneration area
* People will only move once their new home is ready
* Everything will be done to keep neighbours together
* Residents leaseholders and freeholders will receive the market value of their home, plus 10% compensation AND a 10% discount on their new home should they wish to buy in to the development
* Council tenants will remain secure tenants and receive £4,500 compensation, plus moving costs and new household goods such as fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, oven and carpets/curtains

Leader of H&F Council Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh says: " We have said all along that we will only support including the estates in comprehensive development if there are substantial benefits for people living there.

" There is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create thousands of jobs, build new homes and secure major neighbourhood improvements such as new schools, parks, health centres and shops. We are determined to continue to explore the potential benefits with local people."

You can view the Supplementary Planning Document in local libraries or online at the council's website which also includes a range of other related documents, including the planning applications. The consultation will last until December 23.

EC Properties have produced a website about the proposed development, My Earls and are also inviting people to make their comments on its forum.

November 17, 2011