A neighbourhood area and plan in North Kensington

The St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum was established in 2013 and has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan  for the part of North Kensington shown in the map below.

The local referendum on the Plan was held on February 25th 2016.  The plan was supported by 92% of the electorate in the area, on a 23% turnout.   This means that RB Kensington and Chelsea now use the planning policies in the StQW Plan when deciding planning applications in the defined neighbourhood area.

If you are submitting a planning application, or are an architect working on an application in the StQW neighbourhood, you need to check the policies in the Plan.  A copy can be downloaded from this link on the RBKC website.

The latest version of the RBKC Local Plan (currently awaiting Examination in Public prior to adoption) refers the the neighbourhiood plan.  The chapter of the Local Plan on ‘Fostering Vitality’  covering shopping parades and Employment Zones explains that the StQW neighbourhood has its own policies which differ from those in the rest of the Borough.   The Plan also designates three Local Green Spaces, and allocates certain sites in the neighbourhood for housing use.

RBKC conservation policies are also varied on certain issues, as explained in the StQW Plan.

As a result of a judicial review application to quash the Council’s decision of December 2015 to advance the StQW Plan to its successful referendum, the plan has yet to be ‘made’ or formally adopted by RBKC.  The Council is defending its decision and a High Court hearing concluded in October 2017.  Judgment is awaited.  See previous posts on this website for more details,

In the meantime the Council is applying the policies in the StQW Neighbourhood Plan.

The RBKC website has a page on the StQW Plan at this link.  This includes all the supporting documents (Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement).

As of October 2017 there are only six neighbourhood plans in London which have passed the referendum stage and are in force.  More are on the way, in Knightsbridge, Marylebone, Spitalfields and other parts of London.  For more information on neighbourhood planning in London, the best place to look is at http://www.neighbourhoodplanners.london/.   StQW plays an active part in this London-wide network.

Across England, there are over 400 neighbourhood plans which have been successful at referendum.

Please contact us at info@stqw.org if you would like more background, or to join the StQW Forum.  Membership of the Forum is free, and open to anyone who lives or works in the neighbourhood area.

We have the same membership (now well over 400) as the St Helens Residents Association.   We meet three or four times a year at St Helens Church Hall, and a monthly newsletter is circulated to members.

Henry Peterson, Chair St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum