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. 

Representation Hearing

A public Representation Hearing was held in the Chamber at City Hall on 18 September 2018.  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 watch the hearing on webcast

The stage 3 representation hearing report can be downloaded here along with the agenda


Public consultation

Following revisions to the application, a public consultation was 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 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

Secretary of State call in

This application has been called in by the Secretary of State following the Mayor of London’s decision to grant planning permission. The Secretary of State has directed that the application shall be referred to him instead of being dealt with by the Mayor. The Planning Inspectorate are now dealing with the case. In due course, an Inspector will be appointed and an Inquiry will be held. Details of the Inquiry will be published here when this has been arranged.

You can view the Statements of Case on the London Datastore here