Heartfelt thanks to everyone that attended the Planning Committee meeting on 31st January. Support was incredible and it made clear what the majority of residents felt about the proposed development at Newcombe House.
10 councillors rejected the application while 2 approved so the planning application was rejected. This was a great victory for the residents as many of the issues we've had all along e.g. the height of the tower and lack of social housing were cited during the hearing.
We await next steps from the developer and we will see if they decide to take this any further. Ultimately we're all agreed that the site needs work; we just want something appropriate for the area and which works for our community. We will keep you posted!
Thank you so much for your support,
The HVRA Committee
Hillgate Village Residents' Association AGM - THANK YOU!
...to everyone that came to the AGM on the 18th January. The hall was packed with over 50 supporters and the committee members gave updates on the Newcombe House Development (SEE BELOW) and answered members' questions.
Pledges were requested on the night in order to meet the legal and specialists' costs that HVRA has incurred in fighting this appeal. You rose magnificently to the occasion and pledged £2,345 - thank you so much.
However, we still need to raise approx. £1,500 to cover our costs - so PLEASE give what you can to help us in our fight against this hideous development.
For those who would like to pledge, or who haven't yet paid pledges/membership subs (we know where you live....!), our account details are:
Account name: Hillgate Village Residents’ Association
Sort code: 30 96 19
Account number: 26278968
Or put a cheque through our Treasurer's door at 8 Peel Street made out to The Hillgate Village Residents' Association.
Thank you, very much, for all your support.
The HVRA Committee
Please object to the revised proposals for Newcombe House!
“…Notting Hill’s main road fronts a neighbourhood of cottagey streets and squares of great charm. A developer now wants to replace the southern block [Newcombe House] with an 18-storey luxury tower of egregious ugliness. It would loom over the entire area — a poke in the eye of residents from Bayswater to Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove. Its intrusion brazenly offends the very idea of a conservation area.”
Simon Jenkins, Evening Standard, 17th October 2017
Fight for a BETTER scheme for the regeneration of Notting Hill Gate – OBJECT to the proposed Newcombe Tower!
The developers’ first planning application for the Newcombe House site was refused by Kensington and Chelsea Council last year and their Appeal dismissed this summer. They have now submitted a new application with the same Tower with no changes in bulk, design or height. The Council is expected to make a decision within the next two months.
Hundreds have already objected. You too can make your voice heard and still OBJECT to this new planning application on the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) website: www.rbkc.gov.uk/PP/17/05782 or by emailing your objection to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure to label your comment as OBJECTION and quote the case number: PP/17/05782.
1. The proposed 72m 18-storey Tower on Notting Hill Gate will be 50% taller than the existing Newcombe House of 47m. It will dwarf the whole neighbourhood, especially Hillgate Village’s small-scale houses (3 storeys, 9m), affecting views in west London and the skyline for many decades, for residents, visitors and future generations.
2. The developers’ plan is for 37 “high quality residential accommodation” units with an average “achievable” price of almost £4.5 million, including at the top of the Tower two duplex flats with 360-degree views, one with a “winter garden and terrace”, and prices of £14-15 million each (the “cheapest” flat is just under £1M). They are likely to appeal to non-resident buyers as “buy-to-leave” investments and remain empty, winning few new customers for our local shops, pubs and restaurants, and adding little our local community and its social fabric.
3. The proposed on-site affordable housing (9 flats) falls far below the Mayor of London’s threshold of 35%, which he wants to raise to 50% in the long-term.
4. The building works, demolishing all buildings on Kensington Church Street from Waterstones to Kensington Place, excavating a two-storey basement on the Farmers’ Market location, building the Tower and five large additional buildings, will last at least three and half years according to the developers’ own calculations.
5. The Farmers’ Market will have to move for the duration of the building works and we understand that it may be relocating at the far end of Portobello Road. Will there be any Farmers’ Market to return?
6. The works will affect significantly local traffic, parking, noise and air pollution. The developers’ own estimates indicate 20 lorries per day on average, or 3 lorries per hour, over the development period. You can guess how this would affect the neighbourhood with its small, narrow streets, nursery and primary schools.
7. In the current economic climate, some large building projects appear to be experiencing problems and many local shops are vacant. What guarantee is there that this major application will actually deliver promised benefits?
8. The proposed public benefits do not outweigh the harm likely to be caused to the surrounding heritage assets and the community by a much taller Tower which the Council found to be of “insufficient high design quality”.
9. Letting one developer build an excessively tall Tower could create a precedent, opening the floodgates for other Towers on Notting Hill Gate and elsewhere in west London.
10. Kensington & Chelsea’s own Architectural Review Panel judged the Tower’s architecture “neither elegant nor accomplished” enough for such a tall building in such a prominent position. The option of renovating and refurbishing the site should be considered. Other of Notting Hill Gate’s 1960s buildings are being refurbished with a modest increase in height, so clearly it is possible to make an economic case to do this.
Notting Hill deserves better! We do not have to put up with major works and accept a plan just because it is the only one on the table. The current Newcombe House may be tall and unloved but replacing it with something much taller and undistinguished is not the answer. The real test of any regeneration scheme is that it’s better than what it proposes to replace.
ACT NOW to preserve Notting Hill's unique character and stop this inappropriate development: it is too high, its design is out of keeping with the area and the proposals do not provide the kind of housing London needs.
OBJECT NOW on RBKC planning website (www.rbkc.gov.uk/PP/17/05782) – every comment counts!
ENCOURAGE NOW your friends and neighbours, local associations, parents at school gates, press, bloggers, etc, anyone who cares about Notting Hill and our community, to send in their objections to RBKC.
JOIN The Hillgate Village Residents’ Association/HVRA (annual membership £15 per person). DONATE to our fighting fund. SUPPORT our work on this vital matter of concern to our community. Email your contact details to email@example.com.
Issued by The Hillgate Village Residents’ Association/HVRA 5/12/17 – www.hillgatevillage.com
The 'Hillgate Hussars' Hit the Headlines!
A great article supporting our cause in the Standard:
We are all devastated by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower and our thoughts are with everyone affected.
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The HVRA Committee