Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for a major redevelopment project in Earls Court and West Kensington.

The scheme will see the demolition of two estates and the famous Earls Court Exhibition Centre to pave the way for four "villages" and a "high street". The plans are designed to revitalise the area but it has sparked anger among campaigners. Save Earl's Court West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates has argued that the exhibition centre should be listed and that demolishing the building would damage trade in the area.

Labour's London Assembly member Tom Copley also voiced his concerns about the project describing it as "an appalling decision". He went on to tweet: "Very disappointed but not at all surprised that the Mayor has approved demolition of Earls Court Exhibition Centre."

However, Mr Johnson believes that the development will be a major boost for the area with around 7,500 homes set to be created while thousands of permanent jobs will also be forged in the development. He has given the go-ahead to the scheme but noted that he was "acutely aware of the concerns" that some residents had lodged in the past.

Earls Court has been a prominent within London's entertainment industry since the day it was opened for business in 1937. The great and good have graced the venue's stage including the likes of Madonna, Pink Floyd, Queen, Elton John and The Rolling Stones to mention a few. The site expanded to construct Earls Court Two which was opened by Princess Diana in 1991.

The venues were also a key part of the London 2012 Olympic Games playing hosting the volleyball tournaments. However, Earls Court's Olympic history goes much further back than that as it held boxing, gymnastics, weightlifting and wrestling competitions during the London 1948 Games.

It is still in use to this very day with a host of corporate trade shows in the planning along with a performance from Arctic Monkeys booked in for the end of October 2013.

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