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Planning Call-ins

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Having overruled the local council on three occasions to impose unwanted skyscrapers in Kensington and Chelsea – at Newcombe House, Kensington Fourm Hotel and 100 West Cromwell Road – how does your approach meet your commitment to respect the character of existing neighbourhoods?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Tall buildings have a role to play in helping London to accommodate its expected growth. Policies in my draft London Plan make it clear that these must be in appropriate locations and have the required design quality. In the case of Kensington Forum and Newcombe House, the proposals involved the replacement of existing tall buildings with new buildings of improved design. With 100 West Cromwell Road, following my call-in, GLA officers negotiated a number of changes, including more affordable housing, improved community facilities and an increase in height of the tall building. We received the formal response of the Royal Borough confirming their support for the revised proposals. I consider these examples are entirely consistent with the aim of my policies which are to support tall buildings where they are of good quality and in the right place.