Developer Capco is reconsidering the housing provision on its £1.1bn development at Earls Court following concerns raised by the local council.
Capital and Counties confirmed this morning that it was in talks with Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council to increase the number of houses in the Earls Court development. A Capco source confirmed that “the site could accomodate 10,000 homes”, up from the 7,500 currently planned.
The scheme has faced criticism from some in the local community over the provision of affordable housing, with residents on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates campaigning to stop the proposed demolition of their homes.
Hammersmith and Fulham council leader Steve Cowan said it had been working to either reclaim the estates, which were sold to Capco, or secure a like-for-like replacement for demolished houses.
In a letter sent to residents on Monday, he said: “Capco’s latest proposal is to develop a new masterplan for the Earls Court scheme.
“If that gets planning permission, we would see the two estates return to council control.
“There are many steps before finalising this agreement but I wanted to let you know as soon as possible about what’s happening.”
A spokesperson for Capco said: “Our existing contractual arrangement with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in relation to the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates remains legally binding; however, we are working closely with the council to bring forward an enhanced masterplan for the Earls Court Opportunity Area.
“An enhanced masterplan would seek to deliver an increased number of homes across all tenures throughout the wider Opportunity Area and could involve LBHF taking the lead on future plans for the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.”
The Earls Court Masterplan has been in development since 2009.
Spanning 31 ha in west London, the scheme will feature thousands of mixed-tenure houses, local education and health infrastructure and 3 ha of green space.
Its value has been revised down over the last two years.
In June 2016 it was reduced to £1.2bn, down from the £1.4bn stated the previous December, because of Brexit concerns. It is currently listed as £1.1bn.
Elements of the masterplan have been completed, with people already moving into the Lillie Square development in West Brompton, which includes 200 affordable houses out of a total of 800 units.