Planning Call-ins

MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Having overruled the local council on three occasions to impose unwanted skyscrapers in Kensington and Chelsea – at Newcombe House, Kensington Fourm Hotel and 100 West Cromwell Road – how does your approach meet your commitment to respect the character of existing neighbourhoods?


Answer for Planning Call-ins
Planning Call-ins

Planning Call-ins

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tall buildings have a role to play in helping London to accommodate its expected growth. Policies in my draft London Plan make it clear that these must be in appropriate locations and have the required design quality.  In the case of Kensington Forum and Newcombe House, the proposals involved the replacement of existing tall buildings with new buildings of improved design. With 100 West Cromwell Road, following my call-in, GLA officers negotiated a number of changes, including more affordable housing, improved community facilities and an increase in height of the tall building. We received the formal response of the Royal Borough confirming their support for the revised proposals. I consider these examples are entirely consistent with the aim of my policies which are to  support tall buildings where they are of good quality and in the right place.