Whether you approve or are opposed, it is vital that as many local residents as possible comment on the draft Supplementary Planning Document governing the proposed Kensington Academy and redevelopment of the Kensington Leisure Centre.
You might like to note that since the initial discussions on the proposal, two significant changes have been included in the document:
- There is now a proposal to open a new road between Grenfell Road and the corner of Silchester and Lancaster Roads fully to vehicles. During the pre-consultation stage we were told that this route would “probably” be opened up only to pedestrians and bicycles. This new proposal would turn the whole area into a traffic “rat run”, particularly since the removal of the Western Congestion Charge. It will also divide Lancaster West into two, with traffic running between the two parts of the Estate. It could no doubt also be dangerous for the children attending the Academy, if or when it is built.
- After telling everyone that the Leisure Centre must be redeveloped as it has come to the end of its natural life, the proposal now is that the Leisure Centre will only be redeveloped if the site can also include some market housing for sale. Since the planners admit that the site is technically too small even for the Academy alone, any additional housing will mean that the site will be seriously over-developed. However, redevelopment of the Leisure Centre is dependent on the finance to be raised from the sale of these houses. An alternative option would be for that part of the site to be retained as additional open space for the Estate residents and for the Leisure Centre to be left as it is.
Two further public consultations where you can register your comments have been arranged. One has already taken place on the 9th Feb (admin's fault for not uploading before hand -apologies to all).
The other event is a drop-in on Tuesday 22 February 2011 between 5.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. at the Kensington Leisure Centre, Walmer Road.
If you cannot attend either event, you can send your comments via firstname.lastname@example.org
or in writing to:
Mr Jonathan Bore
Executive Director of Planning and Borough Development
f.a.o. Strategic Development Team
The Town Hall
OR you can add your comments here on the website and we will send them to the council
The closing date for comments is 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 8 March 2011.