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Seagrave Road, artist's impression
Seagrave Road, artist's impression

Artist's impression of the buildings proposed to face the north-western quadrant of Brompton Cemetery

Artist's impression of the proposed development, with Earls Court 2 to the north and Brompton Cemetery to the east

The Friends of Brompton Cemetery strongly object to the Planning Application granted for Seagrave Road, Earls Court. With the impending redevelopment of the Earls Court exhibition complex to create new offices, housing and shops, the site of the car park facing Earls Court 2 is to be transformed into a high-density housing development, immediately adjacent to historic Brompton Cemetery.

To view the proposal and download key documents: www.lbhf.gov.uk/seagraveroad

To download the Friends' briefing notes and recommendations on the Seagrave Road Planning Application, click here.

To visit the developer's site: www.myearlscourt.com/seagrave-road

The cemetery lies within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), the Seagrave Road site in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF).

Seagrave Road site
Proposed Seagrave Road development
Aerial view of the present Seagrave Road site, Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton Station, Earls Court 2 exhibition centre and the Empress State Building
Artist's impression of the proposed development, with Buildings A to D to face the western side of Brompton Cemetery.

Capco, owners of the Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres, plan to develop eight large buildings on the Seagrave Road site, to accommodate 808 residential units. This would include a virtual wall of six- to eight-storey blocks, and a 16-storey tower, directly adjacent to historic Brompton cemetery. The development will overlook a large area of the cemetery, where burials are still being conducted, and destroy the fine western vista which is now, rarely for this area, relatively free of buildings.

While we agree that the redevelopment of the site offers many benefits, the Friends of Brompton Cemetery strongly object to the scale of the present plan. We feel that the proposed buildings are too tall, too many, and too close to the cemetery. We would like the developers to reconfigure the plan, to lower both the density and height of the units, and move them back from the railway line and cemetery.
Brompton Cemetery, established in 1840 as the fifth of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ 19th Century garden cemeteries, is Grade I Listed in the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and a Grade I List nature conservancy area within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Its protection is a matter of international concern. Brompton is a working cemetery with recent interments, as well as the graves of some 205,000 souls, great and good, humble and meek. It is a place of quiet, contemplation and gentle recreation for the many people who walk and cycle through the grounds every day. In this context – whatever its impact on the local economy, transport and the environment – the current proposal is intrusive and insensitive in its proximity to this special site.

Chapter and verse with reference to the complete application:

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