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Discussion Meeting on Planning

Event date | Apr 10, 2017

On 10th April 2017 Mr. Graham Stallwood, Executive Director of Planning and Borough Development of RBKC, and Cllr. Tim Coleridge, Cabinet-member for Planning Policy and Arts, explained the role of the professional planners and the elected Councillors in planning the Chelsea of the future.

They gave examples of considerations which could and could not be taken into account when determining a planning application:

Examples of material considerations Examples of issues that are not material considerations
National planning policy framework The applicant’s identity
National planning practice guidance Applicant’s behaviour / possible behaviour
Council strategies Land ownership
Other public sector strategies e.g. TfL Private rights e.g. access
Other legislation e.g. Equality Act Restrictive covenants or deeds
Design and visual impact Effect on property value
Loss of privacy Competition
Loss of sunlight or daylight Loss of a particular private view
Increased sense of enclosure Lack of perceived need for a development
Noise or smell Number of objectors / supporters
Access and traffic Moral issues
Ecology If Party Wall Act arrangements are agreed
Crime and fear of crime
Economic impact
Planning history and related decisions
What could be done anyway (fallback)
Any new homes bonus we might receive
Financial consequences to the council of refusal


In addition, they answered questions on:

  • Le Colombier restaurant
  • Thamesbrook care home redevelopment
  • Planning applications relating to the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Chelsea Farmers’ Market site
  • Modifications to the changing rooms at Chelsea Swimming Baths
  • Basement developments.  They clarified that a certificate of lawful development would not enable a developer to construct a basement without planning permission if construction had not started before the Art. 4 Direction (removing permitted development rights) was made.


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