Places for People chief executive David Cowans swings back in his chair enthusiastically, as he muses on the intricacies of unlocking large regeneration sites.
“Earl’s Court? I wouldn’t go near that site, not with those problems,” he declares. “There are two issues with these sites: how do you unlock them and how do you fund them? The danger is they become the same question.”
Places for People specialises in large, often residential-led regenerations. But Cowans says the “curse of planning” and the political wrangling at the 77-acre Earl’s Court site would be a major deterrent.