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

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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
Town Hall
Hornton Street
London W8 7NX

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