Registered charity 276264

Planning Committee

On 26th January 2015 the Council of the Society established a Planning Committee, and appointed

Michael Stephen as Chairman


He came to live in Chelsea in 1977.

After service in the Army he practised at the Bar in London for 20 years, and was a Member of Parliament from 1992-97.

He was a member of the Environment Select Committee of the House of Commons.

Michael Stephen retired from the Committee on 6th May 2020, and the Council appointed Sir Paul Lever as Chairman.  Sir Paul remains the Committee member for Brompton-Hans Ward, and Michael Stephen remains Vice-chairman of the Society






Sir Paul had a distinguished career in the public service.  He was HM Ambassador to Germany, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee; Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office; and EU and Economic Director in the Foreign Office.  He has also served as Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute , and as Chairman of the Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University Berlin.   Sir Paul has lived in Chelsea since 1993.





Brompton-Hans Ward: Sir Paul Lever KCMG


Martyn lives in Chelsea Riverside Ward.

He had a distinguished career in the public service.  He was Director of Economic Development for the City of London Corporation 1999-2008; Under-Secretary at the Department of Trade & Industry 1986-99; Assistant Secretary at the Department of Trade & Industry 1982-86; Counsellor, British Embassy in Washington 1978-82, and Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade 1977-78.



Chelsea Riverside Ward: Martyn Baker


Royal Hospital Ward: Julian Turner

Jules is a native of Chelsea, born in the borough and lived in Chelsea. He returned to Chelsea 18 years ago, and lives in the Royal Hospital Ward where he is a member of his Residents’ Association and various local bodies, having many dealings with RBKC.

He attended the Royal College of Music in South Kensington as a Junior Exhibitioner, the British Institute in Florence, Italy and the Architectural Association in London.

As an architect, based in Chelsea, he has worked on private residential conversions and developments and commercial projects in London and the UK including nightclubs and bars and has much experience with planning matters particularly with sensitive developments in Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings and Heritage sites.

A particular interest of his is the ecological sustainability of architectural development which includes ecological projects in Wales, Sweden and Zanzibar, Tanzania, and believes that sustainability can be applied to city life and development particularly in the Borough.

Stanley Ward: Michael Parkes

Michael is a retired Chartered Surveyor and Town Planner, who has worked for:-
Public Sector (Surrey County Council  Planning Dept.) ,
Private Sector (Shankland Cox and W S Atkins, including work in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Liberia)
Voluntary / Community Sector (He ran the Planning Aid Service for London in the mid 1980’s) .
From 1987 to 2010 he worked principally as a self employed Consultant / part time Lecturer at the Bartlett (UCL) focusing on Community Participation in Urban Regeneration. During this period he was also a member of the GLC / LPAC independent Technical Aid Centre working on a wide variety of complex regeneration issues mostly with Tenants and Residents Associations on large , complex housing estates such as the Stonebridge Estate in Brent.

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