The Hillgate Village Residents' Association grew out of the concern for the preservation of the colourful Victorian terraced cottages.

The area is in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and in planning terms is a conservation area. Its unique character is loved both by the residents and also by the many many tourists who visit and admire it every day.

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February 2019

HVRA Annual General Meeting: Update

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who came to our AGM on the 17th January. We had excellent attendance with well over 50 local residents, together with representation from various other community groups and our MP, Emma Dent Coad, who kindly took time to support us during an exceptionally busy week in Parliament.  The key areas discussed are outlined below.

Newcombe House
Tanya Alfillé gave us an update since Mayor Khan’s decision, last September, to grant planning permission to the developer. She reported that the Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire MP, has subsequently issued a holding direction.  This puts the application on hold so there is more time to assess it and decide whether to call it in. If he decides to call in the application, then the application will be considered at a public inquiry, led by a planning inspector who will then make recommendations to the Secretary of State.  There is no time limit on the holding direction.

Association matters
Key news here was that HVRA is without a chairman following Peter Thompson's relocation to the US.  However, since the AGM the Committee has been in discussions with potential candidates and we are confident that dissolution of the association will be avoided.

The accounts were approved (with thanks to Anthony Rawlinson and Tom Kristensen for verifying these), and the Committee members re-elected.

We have 138 paid-up members and 422 subscribers to our mailing list - many of whom are households, so our reach is almost certainly well in excess of 1000 individuals.  2019 subscriptions are now due - see below!

Other work
We have arranged representation at the London Forum (an association pulling together residents' associations from across London) and have already attended information sessions of relevance to what we do.

We also informed our members of the proposed extension to the opening hours of Mc Donalds in order to galvanise opposition to the application, which was withdrawn.

Since the AGM we have also highlighted the plans to move Victoria Coach Station to Royal Oak, which would cause a huge increase in traffic and pollution in Bayswater, with knock-on effects on the surrounding areas.

2019 subscriptions due!

Please renew your subscription, or if not currently a member, please consider joining to support your community! Annual membership is £15 per person (although additional donations large & small are always welcomed...).  Our details are:

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Please be sure to put your name as a reference, and send an email to so that we can make sure our records are up to date.

Thank you so much for supporting our work for the benefit of our lovely area.  

The HVRA Committee