2012-03-27

The Guardian: "Hammersmith and Fulham council estates facing demolition have become political battleground"

Link to The Guardian

"Two estates in the west London borough are lined up for the wrecking ball: the larger West Kensington and the smaller Gibbs Green next door. Built in the 1960s and 70s and containing 760 houses and flats, they are earmarked by the council for sale to the property firm Capco for £100m. Their demolition would clear much of the way for the redevelopment of 31 hectares of some of the most expensive real estate in Britain. The Earl's Court project would also see the levelling of the two exhibition centres that share the area's name.

"From the rubble would rise what Hammersmith and Fulham and its adjoining Tory borough Kensington and Chelsea term a 'new urban quarter', based on Sir Terry Farrell's masterplan for 'four villages and high street' – a high-rise, high-density, high-value neighbourhood quite different from the one it would replace."



Evening Standard:

"Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the overall population of the capital will rise by 14.2 per cent to more than nine million by 2020 — more than one million more than currently live here.

"Net migration accounts for only 2.5 per cent of the predicted increase, because, although large numbers of migrants arrive in the capital each year, many then move."

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