A vibrant new urban village strengthening the existing Earl’s Court Road District Centre with a new cultural offer continuing Earl’s Court reputation as a lively cultural destination. A minimum of 1,050 new homes, 40,000 sqm of non-residential floorspace including at least 20,000 sq m of new office space. A new cultural facility and supporting community infrastructure is envisaged including hotel, retail and leisure uses.
PLANNING STATUS: Site allocation in the new Local Plan on track for adoption in 2023 with tandem discussions for the site to come forward.
Kensal Canalside is the largest brownfield site within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. There is an opportunity to transform this area into a high quality, well connected, attractive and sustainable Canalside neighbourhood for people to live work and visit. The neighbourhood will bring with it a minimum of 3,500 new homes and 10,000 sqm of office space providing new jobs and opportunities. Working with residents, businesses and the landowners we have developed this document to provide guidance on the future development of the site which is now coming forward for development.
PLANNING STATUS: Kensal Canalside Opportunity Area SPD adopted July 2021
Kensington and Chelsea is a unique central London borough with many economic strengths:a strong visitor economy with world class institutions, cultural attractions and museums, a retail and hospitality offer, as well as strong creative and cultural industries.
This strength must be seen in contrast to the real and debilitating deprivation which also occurs across the borough. As a central London borough which benefits the income generated by many visitors, we have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Whilst we are seeing visitors return and spend increasing we need to work alongside our partners if the borough’s strengths are to be sustained and are to be translated into opportunities for all residents.
Our vision for the future of the borough has three main strands; we will narrow the inequality which exists and ensure we provide truly affordable homes, employment opportunities and social facilities needed by all our residents; we will put green issues and the environment at the heart of all new development; we will enhance the Borough’s outstanding townscape and our rich cultural heritage, by ensuring that new development is to the highest quality and support our globally recognised town centres, shops, theatres, museums, events, festivals and markets.
Population projections 2021 153,930
Population projections 2050 170,642
London plan new homes (ten-year target) 4,480
Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 336
Amanda Reid, Director of Planning and Place
“London faces real challenges, and it is vital that councils step up and support communities and local economies. We want support from national and regional government to help us build back better after the Covid-19 pandemic, and throughout we will be focused on protecting lives and protecting livelihoods.”
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of Kensington and Chelsea