Kensington & Chelsea
Postcodes: W11, W10, W8, W14, SW1, SW7, SW3, SW5, SW10
Kensington & Chelsea History
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been a fashionable and affluent area since the 17th century. Located away from the crowds and noise of the city, its air was considered clean and healthy. Large country houses such as Cope’s Castle, Campden House and Nottingham House were built with sizeable grounds and landscaped gardens.
In the 18th and 19th centuries further development occurred. In particular a great deal of building took place after 1851 due to the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. Legacies of the event included a group of cultural institutions: the Royal Albert Hall, the Albert Memorial and the Museum of Science and Art, later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in the early 20th century. Along with the opening of these establishments came the development of high-class housing. Large white stuccoed houses were constructed in the 1860s and later came the red-brick maisonette flats of the 1890s.Current areas of development and regeneration in the borough include the Wornington Green Estate, the Silchester Estate and Elkstone Road.
Get Planning and Architecture has completed a number of projects both in Kensington and Chelsea and throughout London including commercial, retail and residential ventures and so has an excellent knowledge of the area and its architecture.
Kensington & Chelsea Planning & Conservation Areas
Conservation areas are sites of historical or architectural importance. Building and redevelopment can be a more complex process due to more planning regulations and constraints applying within such areas. However our highly trained staff have the expertise to address more challenging planning and design issues. We achieve the aims of our clients both on an aesthetic and functional level whilst adhering to regulations set out by the local planning authority.
Kensington & Chelsea conservation areas:
Billings, Kensington Court, The Boltons, Kensington Palace, Brompt on, Kensington Square, Brompton Cemetery, Ladbroke, Chelsea, Lexham Gardens, Chelsea Park/Carlyle, Nevern Square, Cheyne, Philbeach, Courtfield, Norland, Cornwall, Oxford Gardens, De Vere, Pembridge, Earls Court Square, Queen’s Gate, Earls Court Village, Royal Hospital, Edwardes Square/Scarsdale and Abingdon, Sloane Square, Hans Town, Sloane/Stanley, Holland Park, Thames, Kensal Green Cemetery, Thurloe Estate, Kensington, Smith’s Charity
Planning in Kensington & Chelsea
Estimates are that the population of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is around 158,700 and the number of households 78,500.
The main areas of the Royal Borough are: Abingdon, Brompton, Campden, Colville, Courtfield, Cremorne, Earl’s Court, Golborne, Hans Town, Holland, Norland, Notting Barns, Pembridge, Queen’s Gate, Redcliffe, St Charles, Stanley, Royal Hospital.
Kensington & Chelsea Planning Applications & Appeals
On average there are 65 planning applications submitted each week and approximately 10 appeals.
Kensington & Chelsea News
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s major planning and development committee has passed a planning application for an £8 bn redevelopment of Earl’s Court including, controversially, the ‘deconstruction’ of the Earl’s Court 1 Exhibition site. The actual area for development spans two Boroughs. The architect Sir Terry Farrell is responsible for drawing up plans. Once completed, it is estimated 7,500 new homes will be built along with the construction of retail, commercial and leisure facilities. Ultimately it is hoped the massive development will provide much needed housing and a new and exciting economic and social urban quarter for both locals and visitors alike.
Phase 1 was due for completion between 2015-18 and will involve the creation of 1,300 new homes, a district of squares beside the Lost River Park and a High Street connecting North End Rd and Warwick Rd. The controversial demolition of the Exhibition took place in 2015.
In other news, the Borough council won its battle to limit the scale of basements at properties within Kensington and Chelsea. Basements of more than one storey will no longer be permitted beneath most houses, and basements must now be built out no further than 50% of the garden area. This decision was taken after increasing complaints from neighbouring residents, unhappy with the noise, dust and traffic brought on by the construction of ‘mega basements’.
Kensington & Chelsea Contact Information
Kensington & Chelsea – Local Planning Authority
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Customer Service Centre
London W8 7NX
For more information, visit www.rbkc.gov.uk