Update – 15 June 2023

Following ten months’ of local community consultation, Beltane and Angelo Gordon have now submitted their planning application for the office-led redevelopment of the Newcombe House site.

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea will now take steps to register it and make all the planning application documentation available on the Council’s website. The Council’s statutory consultation on the planning application will then commence with the normal notification to neighbours and other consultees.

The statutory consultation is managed entirely by the Council and any queries or representations should be directed to the Planning Department which can be contacted via email at planning@rbkc.gov.uk

We have been informed in advance of the registration that the planning application reference number will be PP/23/03534.

To assist residents and anybody else interested in the detailed planning application, we will provide the key documentation on the project website www.newcombehouse.info once it has been through the Council’s registration process.

Community feedback and responses

During the past ten months, local residents, local businesses, civic groups and elected members have been closely involved in helping frame the design proposals.

Through the use of webinars, public drop-in sessions, workshops with residents associations, public forums and briefings, the proposals have been through a substantial design evolution.

The Design Team working on the project has received extensive feedback and in many instances has responded directly with significant revisions.

As part of the planning submission, a Statement of Community Involvement has been produced which details the activities undertaken, feedback received and changes that have been made during the consultation period.

We are very grateful for the time that many individuals and groups have given to this collaborative process which we hope has resulted in a planning application proposal that addresses much of the valuable community input that has been collected.

Key changes

A summary of the key changes made during the pre-application consultation included:

  • Retention of tree on corner of Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Church Street and increased space for it to thrive;
  • Removal of massing fronting onto Notting Hill Gate;
  • Creation of significant new public realm space on Notting Hill gates, open to the sky and accessible 24/7;
  • Widening of tower to northern elevation;
  • Improved connection through to Uxbridge Street;
  • Omission of central covered street;
  • Widening of Kingston Church Street pavement through creation of colonnade;
  • Reduction and sculpting of massing to Kensington Church Street building and in particular the elevation facing Hillgate village;
  • Landscaping, biodiversity, sustainability, energy, carbon calculations and thermal performance evolutions to maximise green credentials of building to make it best in class;
  • increase in affordable building to maximise provision and to include medical use; and
  • evolution of design to all three buildings.

The dedicated project website www.newcombehouse.info contains extensive information about how the proposals have evolved at the various stages of consultation undertaken.

What happens next?

Although the applicant-led pre-application consultation process will be concluded with the submission of the planning application, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will conduct its own statutory consultation once registration has taken place.

As with all applications in the Royal Borough, representations on the planning application can be made via the planning applications section of the Council’s website.

During the period between the registration of the planning application and its consideration at Planning Committee by the Council, we remain available to answer any questions about the application or assist with information contained in the application documentation.

We recognise that residents, businesses and community-based organisations may not be familiar with some of the aspects of technical reports, and we would be pleased to assist.

How to get in touch with us

You can contact us via email at contact@newcombehouse.info or call us on our freephone number 0800 246 5890.

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