The mayor of London has approved plans for an £8bn redevelopment of Earls Court and West Kensington in London.
The plans for the 32 hectare site will see the development of more than 6,700 homes and infrastructure and public realm improvements over a 20-year construction period. It is expected that the scheme could generate 36,000 jobs in construction as well as a further 9,000 to 10,000 permanent jobs in the longer term.
The EC Properties project, designed by architects Terry Farrell and Partners, was passed to the Mayor for his consideration after being given the go-ahead by both Kensington & Chelsea Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council last year.
The scheme will see development for residential, commercial and retail use, including new offices, hotels, a new school, health centre, sports and leisure facilities, a new park and public squares. It will also deliver a range of improvements to public transport links, including at Earls Court, West Kensington and West Brompton tube stations.
Mr Johnson, said: “I’m in no doubt that the development proposed for Earls Court and West Kensington will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London’s wider economy as well. It is a landmark project that will deliver much needed jobs, new homes and improved infrastructure and will make this strategically important part of the capital an even better to place to live, work and visit.
“I am acutely aware of the concerns that some residents affected by the project have but I’m reassured by the measures being taken by both councils and the developer to make sure the needs of local people are properly addressed. Having weighed up all of the considerations I’m of the firm view that this is a project that will deliver huge benefits to the area and beyond for years to come.”