Kensington Forum Hotel public hearing

In their role of making strategic planning decisions, the Mayor may occasionally take over an application, therefore becoming the local planning authority. They must then hold a public hearing before deciding whether or not to grant planning permission. 

In this instance, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, took over the application for the redevelopment of Kensington Forum Hotel. 

Background to the public hearing

On 24 October 2018 Kensington & Chelsea advised the Mayor that it was minded to refuse permission for the redevelopment proposals for Kensington Forum Hotel.  

On 5 November 2018, having considered a report on the case, the Mayor notified Kensington & Chelsea that he would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning applications (under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act). 

The local authority for this case is PP/18/03461. The GLA reference is 4266.

GLA documents

The Mayor's initial stage 1 and stage 2 reports and decision letters can be downloaded here

Representation Hearing

A public Representation Hearing was held in the Chamber at City Hall 21 June 2019, starting at 9.30, for the Mayor Sadiq Khan to consider the Application in detail and to determine whether planning permission should be granted. Following the hearing the Mayor decided to grant permission for the application subject to planning conditions and conclusion of a section 106 legal agreement. 

You can download the Stage 3 hearing report here along with the hearing agenda, addendum report and draft conditions

A transcript of the hearing is also available to download here


Public Consultation

A public consultation was held from 1 May - 5 June 2019 on revisions to the application that are set out below. 

Subsequent to the Deputy Mayor’s direction, the applicant submitted revisions to the Application including:

  • an increase in the number of residential units from 46 to 62;
  • an increase in the height of the seven storey element of the building containing the residential units by two storeys to nine storeys;
  • all of the residential units now proposed as affordable;
  • internal and external reconfiguration of the residential element of the building;
  • other external alterations to the elevational design, including integration of wind mitigation measures; and
  • amendments to cycle and refuse storage at ground and basement level.

The applicant’s submission includes further environmental information under Regulation 25 of the EIA Regulations in relation to the Environmental Statement which has already been provided



Copies of these documents are available to view at the following locations

Original planning documents

If you wish to view the original planning documents, you can view them on the councils website

Final decision

The final decision notice and s106 legal agreement are available to download below. 

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