Planning applications, policies 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Westminster City Council's City Plan) covering the neighbourhood area, where they are in conflict, unless they are superseded by strategic or non-strategic policies that are adopted subsequently. This means that the neighbourhood plan becomes the starting point in the determination of planning applications.
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 must be used, together with the council's own planning documents and the Mayor's London Plan, in determining planning applications in the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Area.
The KNP 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
15 Lancelot Place (closed 31 May 2019) - Objection lodged.
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)
Hyde Park Barracks
A news story appeared in the Daily Mail on 1 January 2019 titled 'Ministry of Defence 'covered up' shock report that thousands of soldiers are living in 'deadly' barracks which could become new Grenfell disasters'. The story byline stated 'Buildings such as Hyde Park Barracks in central London were said to be at risk'.
Following an information request from the Forum and a request for review, the Ministry of Defence advised that the report referred to in the media article had been published on 4 January 2019:
Following a second information request from the Forum, the Ministry of Defence confirmed in a letter dated 7 June 2019 that:
"Under Section 16 of the Act (Advice and Assistance) you may find it helpful to note that Hyde Park Barracks is maintained to comply with statutory and mandatory regulations; including Fire related regulations. This includes all inspections and maintenance tasks."
Section 11.0 of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan addresses 'Developer contributions'.
Appendix D of the Plan addresses Community Infrastructure Levy projects and proposes General and Area-specific projects for the use of funds.
Westminster City Plan 2040
Last updated on 19 June 2019