Council under pressure to scrap huge regeneration scheme

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A newly elected Labour council has come under pressure to scrap one of Britain's largest regeneration schemes following a manifesto promise.

Labour councillors in Hammersmith & Fulham told voters they would attempt to re-negotiate the £8bn redevelopment of Earls Court. In a deal secured by the previous Conservative administration, the historic exhibition centre is due to be demolished and replaced by new homes, shops, offices and hotels.

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Residents of two council estates, West Kensington and Gibbs Green, have been involved in a long-running campaign to stop their homes from being flattened. Labour's election campaign focused on a series of high-profile building projects in the borough, with Conservative councillors accused of a "cosy relationship with developers."

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A spokesman for the residents' campaign said they expected the new administration to stand by its manifesto pledge. But the Tories claim council taxpayers could end up with a bill for £30m in legal fees and penalties if the scheme is scrapped.

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A council spokesman said: