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Meet three firms of Architects
Events | May 13, 2019

On 13th May 2019 at 6.30pm in Chelsea Old Town Hall, architects from three firms active in Chelsea will talk about their work. The ...

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The Chelsea Pottery collection at the V&A
Events | May 29, 2019

Wed 29th May 2019 1.45pm Visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum for an illustrated lecture on the Chelsea Pottery works founded by Nicholas ...

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Summer Party
Events | Jun 19, 2019

The 2019 Summer Party will be held on Wednesday 19th June at 6.30 pm in the newly redecorated Small Hall at Chelsea Old Town ...

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Events | Jul 12, 2019

Fri 12th July 2019  1.45 pm Lambeth Palace has been the London residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury for over eight centuries. The building ...

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Events | Sep 16, 2019

On Monday 16th September at 6.30pm at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the designer Sue Timney will give an illustrated talk about her life and ...

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2019 Meeting with Residents’ Associations
Events | Oct 14, 2019

The Planning Committee of The Chelsea Society will meet with the Residents’ Associations of Chelsea to discuss matters of common interest on Monday 14th ...

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2019 AGM
Events | Nov 25, 2019

The Society’s AGM for 2019 will be held on Monday 25th November 2019 at 6.30pm in the Great Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall

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Pre-application Advice
News | April 9, 2019

The Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee of RBKC, Cllr. Malcolm Spalding, called a meeting on 8th April 2019 to examine whether changes need to ...

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William Fawke
News | April 6, 2019

The Chelsea Society was represented by its Vice-chairman, Michael Stephen, at a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of William Fawke, a well-known Chelsea ...

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Old Town Hall Re-opened
News | April 2, 2019

On 2nd April 2019 The Chelsea Society was represented by its Vice-chairman at the re-opening of Chelsea Old Town Hall by the Mayor of ...

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Charging for cost of ensuring compliance
News | March 26, 2019

In June 2018 the Leadership Team at RBKC endorsed the principle of widening their current Code of Construction Practice.  Consultation on the draft widened ...

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News | March 12, 2019

RBKC is preparing a “Statement of Community Involvement” and held a meeting on 1st March with interested parties to discuss how this should relate ...

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Telephone kiosks as advertising hoardings
News | February 10, 2019

The High Court has quashed a planning inspector’s consent for a new telephone kiosk in central London, ruling that such structures served a ‘dual ...

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The Cadogan Hotel
News | February 3, 2019

Members of the Council of the Chelsea Society attended a reception at The Cadogan Hotel on 29th January at the kind invitation of Viscount ...

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News | January 17, 2019

In 1719, Chelsea land owners and tenants successfully challenged the decision of the Royal surveyors which denied them the use of the King’s private ...

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Heathrow Expansion
News | January 14, 2019

Greg Hands MP has arranged a briefing by Heathrow airport on their expansion plans and flight-paths over London on Thursday 7 February between 18:30-20:00 ...

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The Queen’s Head, Tryon Street
News | January 13, 2019

UPDATE: The Society supported an application to RBKC to designate the pub as an “Asset of Community Value” (which restricts the permitted development rights ...

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Planning – RBKC Code of Conduct
News | December 19, 2018

In response to residents’ concerns RBKC have published a draft code of conduct for Councillors and Officers when dealing with planning matters.  The Chelsea ...

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Thames Conservation Area
News | December 10, 2018

The Chelsea Society has commented as follows on the Conservation Area Appraisal to   Mr. Graham Stallwood, Executive Director of Planning and Borough Development, ...

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Buses – our objections succeed!
Feature | April 11, 2019

  On 12th April 2019 Transport for London announced their decision on Routes 11, 19, and 22  "We have looked at these concerns [expressed by The Chelsea Society and others] alongside the benefits of making our proposed changes based on demand, and the disadvantages (on air quality, costs, revenue, customer benefit) that excess bus provision entails. As a result of this we will not proceed with our proposed changes to routes 11, 19, and 22. These services will be retained as they currently stand." Transport for London had consulted in the…

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Sloane Street
Feature | February 10, 2019

We are fortunate that Cadogan as a major landowner in the street, and RBKC as the highways authority, are willing to support improvements to this, one of the most important streets in Chelsea, and they deserve a constructive response. On 15th June 2016 the Chairman of the Society's Planning Committee was invited by Cadogan to discuss their ideas for improving the streetscape of Sloane Street, and on 14th July he walked the whole length of the street with Cadogan’s Chief Executive, Hugh Seaborn.  There was a public exhibition at 135 Sloane…

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Sutton Estate – Secretary of State dismisses appeal
Feature | December 18, 2018

  The William Sutton Estate is a large estate bounded by Cale St., Elystan St., Marlborough St. and Ixworth Place. It was built in the early 20th century to provide housing for people with very limited incomes. The owners of the estate applied for planning permission for redevelopment, which was refused by RBKC.  The owners appealed, and the appeal was heard by a government-appointed Inspector at a Public Enquiry in Kensington Town Hall from 9th - 18th May 2018.  In September 2018 the Inspector reported his findings to the Secretary…

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