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Neighbourhood planning and Earl’s Court redevelopment on the agenda

28 November 2011

The London Assembly will hold back-to-back sessions tomorrow on two major planning issues in the capital: how neighbourhood plans will work in practice, and the controversial redevelopment of the area around Earl’s Court.

From 10am: Neighbourhood planning

With the Localism Act now in force, the Committee will look at how the intention to “give communities a far greater sense of ownership over decisions that make a big difference to their quality of life” will play out through neighbourhood plans and involvement in other areas of local planning policy. 

Building on its previous work[1], the Committee will look at issues including: funding and support requirements; how communities can continue to be involved beyond the adoption of a neighbourhood plan; and how local plans will fit with the capital’s current planning hierarchy.

Committee Members will question the following guests:

  • Dean James, Planning Policy Officer, London Borough of Sutton
  • Joanna Hammond, Neighbourhood Planning Team Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC)
  • Giles Dolphin, Assistant Director Planning, Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Planning, Environment and Policy, University College London
  • Fabian Sharpe, Coordinator Community Policy & Practice, Paddington Development Trust

From 11.30am (approx):  Earl’s Court Opportunity Area

Committee Members will receive a briefing from Greater London Authority (GLA) planning officers and Karim Halwagi, Chief Executive of the Association of Event Organisers, about proposals for the Earl’s Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area, with a particular focus on the vision and objective of the development.

A Joint Supplementary Planning Document for the area is being prepared in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Kensington and Chelsea Council and Transport for London[2].  The proposals - which include the demolition of 760 homes on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates, and the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre - have met with resistance from some local residents and businesses.   

The Planning and Housing Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 29 November from 10am in Committee Room 4 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).   Media and members of the public are invited to attend.   The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for editors:

  1. The Committee is looking at the ways the planning system currently encourages people to get involved in shaping their neighbourhood, and how handing people more say in local policy making and development control will play out in the capital.  More details about our investigation into neighbourhood planning.
  2. Ownership of the 77-acre Earls Court Opportunity Area (ECOA) is split between Capital and Counties (CapCo), the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) and Transport for London (TfL) and also incorporates land within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  See more about the consultation on the Earl’s Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area.
  3. Full agenda papers for the meeting.
  4. Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Dana Rothenberg in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603/4283.  For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.