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Capco submits plans for Empress State Building change of use

Developer Capital and Counties (Capco) has submitted a detailed planning application to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for 340 new homes to be created at west London's Empress State Building (ESB) as part of its wider Earls Court Masterplan.

Under the plans the existing 30-storey office building on the site, which is currently occupied by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) under a lease due to expire in 2019, will be converted into a residential building to accommodate the new homes as well as a shop on the ground floor.

Capco said in its planning statement that the MPS has recently completed an analysis of its major building portfolio and has concluded that ESB is no longer operationally required.

The submission of the application follows an exhibition in November where Capco revealed the details of its plans for the ESB along with detailed plans for the first phase of its £8 billion Earls Court redevelopment, which was granted outline planning permission also in November.

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