Newcombe House 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 Newcombe House. 

Background to the public hearing

On 14 March 2018 Kensington & Chelsea advised the Mayor that it was minded to refuse permission for the redevelopment proposals for Newcombe House.  

On 26 March 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/17/05782. The GLA reference is 3109a. 

GLA documents

The Mayor's initial stage 1 and stage 2 report is available to download below. 

Public consultation

Following revisions to the application, a public consultation is being held from 13 July 2018 - 30 August 2018.

Extension of consultation

On 31 July, the Mayor extended the consultation period. Originally the consultation deadline was 10 August 2018 but this was extended to 30 August to allow more time to respond to the revisions made to the scheme. 

The application will not be decided before this consultation period ends.  Comments received after the date referred to above, but before a decision is made, may still be taken into account but failure to meet this deadline could result in your comments not being considered. Any representations you have previously made on this application to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea will still be taken into account. 

Subsequent to the Mayor’s direction, on 10 July 2018 the applicant submitted revisions in support of the application including:


  • an increase in the number of homes to a total of 55, and alterations to the housing mix;
  • an increase in the proportion of affordable homes to 35% by habitable room (41.8% by unit);
  • an increase in office floorspace of c. 414 sq.m. GEA to a total of c. 5,306 sq.m.;
  • the addition of one storey to Kensington Church Street Building 1 in C3 residential use (from four storeys to five storeys);
  • the addition of two storeys to West Perimeter Building 3 in B1 office use (from five storeys to seven storeys);
  • alterations to the layouts of Kensington Church Street Buildings 1 and 2, and West Perimeter Buildings 1 and 3, with associated changes to the facades;
  • minor alterations to the facade of the Corner Building on levels 4, 5 and 6 which respond to the revised massing of West Perimeter Building 3; and,
  • minor alterations to the services strategy for West Perimeter Building 2.

The revisions and other information can be inspected by members of the public between 9am and 5pm at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA, where copies may be obtained free of charge there so long as stocks last. The latest date on which the revisions and other information will be available for inspection will be 30 August 2018.


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

How to comment

If you intend to make representations of objection or support in respect of the revisions to the Application these should be sent in writing or by email to the following address by 30 August 2018:


Email address: [email protected]

Postal address:

Newcombe House Public Hearing
The Planning Team

Greater London Authority

City Hall

The Queen’s Walk



The documents

The documents can be viewed on the datastore here

How to comment on the application

If you wish to make any further representations on this application email [email protected]. All representations made up until the hearing will be considered. 

Application documents

You can view the original planning application documents on Kensington & Chelsea's website