Planning policies, applications and monies
The Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum (KNF) was established, inter alia, to develop planning policy and influence neighbourhood management in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area for the benefit of the local community.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for their area. Neighbourhood plans can shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development, by influencing local planning decisions as part of the statutory development plan.
Once a neighbourhood plan has been brought into force (i.e. 'made' or 'adopted'), the policies it contains take precedence over existing non-strategic policies in the local plan (i.e. Westminster City Council's City Plan) covering the neighbourhood area, where they are in conflict; unless they are superseded by strategic or non-strategic policies that are adopted subsequently.
In accordance with Regulation 20 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Westminster City Council ('Westminster') formally 'made' (adopted) the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan ('KNP') on 11 December 2018.
The KNP is therefore now part of the statutory development plan for Westminster and will be used alongside the council's own planning documents and the Mayor's London Plan in determining planning applications in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area.
The plan includes policies on a range of matters including character, heritage, community uses, retail, offices, housing, cultural uses, transport and the environment.
Prior to adoption, the KNP was subject to public consultation, independent examination and local referendum.
The presumption in favour of sustainable development does not change the statutory status of the development plan as the starting point for decision making. Where a planning application conflicts with an up-to-date development plan (including any neighbourhood plans that form part of the development plan), permission should not usually be granted. Local planning authorities may take decisions that depart from an up-to-date development plan, but only if material considerations in a particular case indicate that the plan should not be followed.
This webpage highlights planning applications and other matters that the Forum considers significant in the KNA.
Significant planning applications
Westminster City Council's planning portal
130 Brompton Road (closed 12 April 2019) - Objection lodged. WCC refused on 1 May 2019.
3-11 Lancelot Place (closed 5 April 2019) - Objection lodged.
20-21 Montpelier Mews (closed 15 March 2019) - Comment submitted.
16-19 Montpelier Mews (decision notice dated 3 January 2019)
Section 11.0 of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan addresses 'Developer contributions'. Appendix D addresses Community Infrastructure Levy projects and proposes General and Area-specific projects for the use of funds.
Westminster City Plan 2040
Last updated on 5 May 2019