On 18 Sep 2018, at the public hearing in City Hall, Mayor Sadiq Khan approved the Newcombe House, Notting Hill Gate, development.
The headlines of the press release issued by the Mayor are:
– Sadiq ‘took over’ the Notting Hill Gate scheme and doubled affordable housing to 35%;
– Two-thirds of new affordable homes to be at social rent levels, others capped below London Living Rent;
– Development also includes new step-free access to Notting Hill Gate Tube station.
Furthermore, the new state-of-the-art medical centre will replace the two unfit-for-purpose surgeries in Pembridge Villas and Westbourne Grove.
After the Mayor ‘called in’ the application in March 2016 the developer made changes which
– Increased the number of homes to 55;
– Increased the proportion of affordable homes to 35% by habitable rooms (41.8% by unit);
– Increased the office floorspace of c. 414 sqm GEA to a total of c.5,306 sqm;
– Added one storey to the building on Kensington Church Street and two storeys to the West Perimeter Building.
This report on the OnLondon.co.uk website is a reasonable summary of the proceedings and includes a description of the low- and reduced-cost housing to be provided.
All the GLA documents on the case may be accessed here.
The GLA hearing can be watched here:
GLA hearing 18 Sep 18.
The proceedings start at about 14 min 33 s. When the presentations and submissions have ended there is a period where the sound is turned off while the GLA planning committee deliberates. Just before the end of the recording the Mayor returns briefly to announce his decision.
DAS 1 Oct 18/revised 6 Oct 18