West Brompton pub applying for permission to keep using beer garden
Earl's Court site buildings In Lillie Road, including The Prince pub
Owners of the Prince pub in West Brompton are hoping to receive a three-year life extension.
The Earl’s Court Partnership Ltd has applied to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for planning permission to keep using the property, including its huge covered beer garden, for another three years.
The company first opened the pub in 2017 after consent was given to use land that was previously the back gardens of three homes in Empress Place.
It also owns the sprawling Earl’s Court development site to the north of the pub, as well as the Victorian terraces in Empress Place, and “pop up” shops in Lillie Road.
The company is the joint venture between TfL, Delancey and Dutch pension firm APG.
Its planning application said: “The proposal will provide amenity and improvement to the street frontage, as well as bring new life to the area well in advance of the wider redevelopment.”
The Prince's beer garden before the pandemic
The Earl’s Court Partnership is thought to be working on new plans to build homes across the vast, empty site where the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre once stood.
Delancey and APG purchased their shares in the ECP from Capital and Counties last year for £425 million.
Capital and Counties originally bought the land, which previously included the West Ken and Gibbs Green estates, from Hammersmith and Fulham Council in 2012 for £105 million.
Members of the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society have previously been critical of the ECP for failing to put 11 other vacant houses in Empress Place to use for people who need social housing. They, and several other flats in Lillie Road have long stood empty.
The council’s website indicates that ECP’s planning application will be decided in October
Owen Sheppard - Local Democracy Reporter
September 21, 2020