A neighbourhood area and plan in North Kensington

The St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum was established in 2013 and went on to prepare 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.  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 was formally adopted by the Council as part of the Borough’s Development Plan in July 2018.

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 updated RBKC Local Plan adopted in 2019 includes references where necessary to the StQW Neighbourhood 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 Neighbourhood 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).

There are now fifteen neighbourhood plans in London which have been completed and adopted following a referendum.  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 800 neighbourhood plans which have been successful at referendum and are in force.

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 (around 420 residents and businesses) 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