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21 November 2012
A planning application, which opens the way for the redevelopment of the Earl's Court site, was approved last night (Tuesday 20 November) by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Major Planning Development Committee. The decision gives outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the part of the site within Kensington and Chelsea which includes the Earls Court 1 Exhibition Centre.The overall Earl's Court plans will see the creation of a new urban quarter spanning the two boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, which will provide thousands of new homes, a minimum of 7,000 new jobs, new retail units, community facilities and new cultural facilities. Neighbouring Hammersmith & Fulham Council is seeking to regenerate the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Housing Estates and Transport for London is looking at options for its Lillie Bridge Rail Depot making the area a site of immense potential. Councillor Paul Warrick, who chaired the meeting said: "Redeveloping Earl's Court to provide much needed housing and other uses has been our policy for many years."On both sides of the border we hope that the granting of this planning application will make Earl's Court a more desirable place to live with less congestion and more opportunity for work, commerce and leisure."
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