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Boris Johnson approves Earls Court demolition

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has approved plans to demolish the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London to make way for four villages comprising 7,500 high-end homes.
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The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has approved plans to demolish the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in West London reports sister publication Music Week. The venue’s future had been in doubt ever since Earls Court & Olympia owner Capital & Counties acquired a 100% stake in the property in 2010. Developers plan to create four 'villages' and a 'high street', spawning 7,500 high-end homes and thousands of permanent jobs. The build is expected to take 20 years to complete. The venue – located in Kensington and Chelsea – is known for hosting events such as The BRIT Awards (until they moved to the O2 Arena in 2011), the Olympic Games and concerts from the likes of Pink Floyd. Boris Johnson could have either opted to turn the scheme down or called for a public hearing when he met with his planning team on Wednesday. He said he was "acutely aware of the concerns" some residents had, according to the BBC. Local residents' groups had appealed for funds to help them prevent the possible demolition of the former PLASA Show host venue. He added: "I'm in no doubt that the development will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London's wider economy as well." Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley said on Twitter: "Very disappointed but not at all surprised that the Mayor has approved demolition of Earls Court Exhibition Centre... An appalling decision." Earls Court attracts over 2.5m visitors, 30,000 exhibitors and over £1bn of revenue per year to London, as well as sustaining more than 1,000 jobs. It was built in September, 1937 and hosted events at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games.
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