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Gargantuan London development moves one step closer | 22 November 2012

An £8 billion, ten million square foot commercial development near Kensington has been granted outline permission, constructionenquirer.com reports.

The development, which is so large it spans two London boroughs, has had all of its outline planning granted after the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) joined the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LHBF) in giving plans the green light.

It will see the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre demolished to make way for four new districts, which will include 7,500 new homes as well as offices, leisure facilities, hotels, retail space, a primary school, library, integrated health centre and five-acre public park.

With the outline planning granted, developers Capco now just have to work with councillors to come to an agreement on provision for transport, employment and training.

Permission for the development is not yet guaranteed, however, as the Greater London Authority still needs to pass judgement; although this is expected to go ahead as planned, with officials recently granting nearby proposals the go-ahead.

Speaking to sharecast.com of the developments, Capco chief executive Ian Hawksworth explained: “We are delighted that the Earl’s Court Masterplan has now been approved by both RBKC and LHBF.

“The project has real momentum and we look forward to working with the local authorities to deliver [chief architect] Sir Terry’s [Farrell] vision for a new urban quarter in this exciting part of London.”

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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