Highlights of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan 2018-2037
The Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum (the 'Forum') was designated by Westminster City Council on 21 July 2015 under the Localism Act 2011 to develop a neighbourhood plan.
The Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan (the 'Plan') was developed by the neighbourhood forum over more than three years and after two public exhibitions, two statutory public consultations and a formal 'Examination'.
Following a successful referendum and Westminster City Council 'making' the Plan on 11 December 2018, it is now part of Westminster's statutory development plan. It will be used alongside the Council's own planning documents and the Mayor's London Plan to determine planning application in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area.
The Plan’s vision is to make Knightsbridge the best residential and cultural place in London in which to live, work, study and visit. This vision is supported by six values: community; conserving; clean, safe and quiet; iconic; inspirational; and international. Five themes are used to group 10 objectives and 40 policies.
Enhance the special character of Knightsbridge including its architecture, heritage, townscape and trees while recognising its status internationally as a prime residential neighbourhood and centre for retail, culture and education.
Improve the public realm and enhance and restore heritage features.
Protect and enhance Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) and enable development of Hyde Park Barracks land as a strategic housing site*
KBR1: Character, design and materials
KBR2: Commercial frontages, signage and lighting
KBR3: Boundary railings and walls
KBR4: Public realm and heritage features
KBR5: Local buildings and structures of merit
KBR6: Tall buildings
KBR7: Pedestrian movement along, across and adjacent to the highway network
KBR9: Roofscapes and balconies
KBR10: Urban greening
KBR11: Protection and maintenance of Local Green Spaces
KBR12: Metropolitan Open Land
KBR13: The Hyde Park Barrack land
* As required by the Examiner and Westminster City Council to be in general conformity with the Westminster City Plan.
Promote the sense of community and protect and enhance the existing residential amenity and mix.
KBR14: Mitigating the impact of commercial development
KBR15: Night-time and early morning uses in or adjacent to residential areas
KBR16: Security and resilience measures
KBR17: Retail uses in the International Shopping Centre
KBR18: Protection of public houses Community uses
KBR19: Office uses
KBR20: Household and commercial waste consolidation Construction activity
KBR21: Household and commercial waste consolidation
KBR22: Construction activity
KBR23: Residential mix including to support local workers and students
KBR24: Reconfiguration of existing residential buildings
Culture and Education
Foster an environment that enables our world class cultural and educational institutions to thrive as centres of learning and innovation within a flourishing community.
KBR25: Existing and new development within the Strategic Cultural Area
KBR26: Public realm in the Strategic Cultural Area
Public Spaces and Utilities
Enable active travel and personal mobility and encourage superb public transport, utilities and communications infrastructure.
KBR27: Enabling active travel
KBR28: Pedestrians within the movement hierarchy
KBR29: Assessing significant transport impacts of development proposals
KBR30: Motor vehicle use
KBR31: Electric vehicle infrastructure
KBR32: Public transport
KBR33: Utilities and communications infrastructure
Environment and People
Be an exemplar in sustainable city living by complying fully with international laws, standards, guideline and best practices.
KBR34: Healthy air
KBR35: Renewable energy
KBR36: Retrofitting historic buildings for energy efficiency
KBR37: Natural environment
KBR39: Sustainable water
KBR40: Healthy people
In addition, it is important that the impacts of development are addressed appropriately through the appropriate use of developer contributions (Section 106) and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or any successor levy on development. The use of CIL funds* in accordance with national guidance by Westminster City Council (the charging authority) and, if applicable, Section 106 funding, to address infrastructure issues that impact on the community of Knightsbridge will therefore be supported.
Principles, priorities and matters for spending the neighbourhood portion of CIL are addressed further in the Knightsbridge Management Plan. General principles that should be applied on a case by case basis in the decision-making process for the spending of the neighbourhood portion of CIL are set out below:
- Support vision, values and objectives in the Plan
- Strategic and long-term
- Ensure robust utilities e.g. drainage and lighting
- Choose a portfolio of projects including transport and highways
- Give preference close to the development
- Community not individual benefit
- Mitigate impacts of high volumes of visitors on local people
- Improve the quality of life of residents.
One of the general projects proposed for the use of CIL monies* is 'Measures contributing to a clean, safe and quiet neighbourhood'.
Best practice guidance:
Other evidence and supporting information:
*Link to KMP - December 2018 (Appendix B, one page version).
Updated on 14 December 2018