At the last Mayor’s Question Time before the election I asked the Mayor about his role in delivering the Earl’s Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area, which he created in 2009 as a late addition to the Replacement London Plan process.
As well as playing an influential role in the design and contents of the site, the Mayor, as Chair of Transport for London, is the single largest land holder on the site.
My concerns are:
- That the majority of all residents on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates (which Hammersmith and Fulham council lobbied the Mayor to include in the original plans) do not want their homes demolished as part of the development.
- That Transport for London appears to have entered into negotiations with just one developer rather than seeking best value for taxpayers through a public tender.
You can listen to our exchange by following this link.
You can also read more on this issue by clicking on the below links:
- Earl’s Court Future in the Balance: https://nickygavron.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/earls-courts-future-in-the-balance/
- The London Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee scrutiny into the Opportunity Area redevelopment: http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=158&MId=4338&Ver=4
- Dave Hill’s London blog: here http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/davehillblog/2012/jan/27/earls-court-project-resident-director-resigns, here http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/davehillblog/2011/dec/09/regeneration-housing and here http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/davehillblog/2011/nov/10/earls-court-redevelopment-battle-continues
- W14 blog: http://w14london.ning.com/
- Shepherd’s Bush Blog: http://shepherds-bush.blogspot.com/2011/06/greenhalgh-to-government-on-housing-i.html
- Stephen Cowan’s blog http://www.thecowanreport.com/2012/03/guardian-features-west-kensington.html
- Andy Slaughter MP’s website http://www.andyslaughter.co.uk/?p=6519