Sir Terry Farrell to help London Assembly town centre investigation

07:00 07 December 2012

City Hall will host the committee meeting. File picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

City Hall will host the committee meeting. File picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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The man behind plans to knock down Earls Court and build a new ‘London district’ in its place will assist City Hall with its investigation into the future of London’s town centres.

Architect Sir Terry Farrell will give his expert views to the London Assembly‘s planning committee next week into how they can meet the changing habits of the capital’s residents.

Nicky Gavron AM, chairman of the planning committee said: “London’s town centres are facing an uncertain future for a number of complex reasons and it is becoming increasingly clear that a conventional policy approach might not be enough to revitalise them.

“We need a new vision for what London’s town centres will be in the future.

“We want to find out how the Mayor, local planning authorities, key stakeholders, and the public themselves can encourage growth and prosperity in a time of austerity.

“We have a range of extraordinary guests who will offer their visions of our future town centres.”

The Earls Court scheme was given approval last month. The proposed new site will comprise 7,500 new homes, four new “urban villages”, and new shops, offices, and leisure space.

The London Assembly meeting will take place on December 11 from 10am in the Chamber at City Hall.

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