Save Earl's Court Exhibition Centres from demolition proposals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4639
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Earl's Court Area Action Group which is supported by 30 leaders in the field of art, music and science and more including designers Ozwald Boeteng and Bella Freud, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop boys condemned the Earl's Court Exhibition Centres demolition proposals.

Their objections were published in an Evening Standard letter on the 28th November, and included the following: it's an act of cultural vandalism; the venues attract millions of international visitors and crowd-drawing events on the world map - maintaining Olympia open is not a replacement for them; the substantial loss of income to local traders and to London as a whole is inexcusable; a mere 11% of the proposed development is "affordable" and that affordability will be out of reach of the majority of hard-working people; the last minute add-on of a significantly smaller "cultural" building by the developers Capco offers scant compensation for the loss of the Exhibition Centres and; a modest spend on the buildings infrastructure would guarantee the Earls Court heritage for the long term future.

Given your decision to approve this planning application, the action group have contacted me to request that you address each of their specific criticisms. Will you please do this?

Answer

Answer for Save Earl's Court Exhibition Centres from demolition proposals

Answer for Save Earl's Court Exhibition Centres from demolition proposals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully considered matters relating to the loss of Earl's Court Exhibition Centres, local economic impact and affordable housing provision in both my initial response to consultation on the applications and in my final decision. The planning reports set out this reasoning in detail.