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. RB Kensington and Chelsea has since that date used the policies in the StQW Plan when deciding planning applications in the defined neighbourhood area.
A legal challenge against the Council’s December 2014 decision to progress the draft plan to its referendum was heard in the High Court in 2017. This judicial review claim was dismissed in January 2018 (see ‘news’ item on this website). The StQW Plan will be ‘made’ by the Council in the near future, as part of the Development Plan for the Borough.
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 (recently Examined in Public and awaiting the Inpsector’s report) 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.
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 June 2018 there are only seven neighbourhood plans in London which have been ‘made’ following a referendum. 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 500 neighbourhood plans which have been successful at referendum.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.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