Kensington Academy Consultation

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Kensington Academy Consultation

Time: February 22, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: Kensington Leisure Centre
Street: Walmer Road
Event Type: consultation
Organized By: NBL Admin
Latest Activity: Aug 4, 2012

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Event Description

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:


  1. 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.


  1. 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


or in writing to:


Mr Jonathan Bore

Executive Director of Planning and Borough Development

f.a.o. Strategic Development Team

The Town Hall

Hornton Street
W8 7NX


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.




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Comment by Joan Hall on February 20, 2011 at 0:44

I attended the event on 9 Feb and the turnout could have been much better.  Hopefully those who have concerns about this initiative will come and have their say.  

Some more food for thought, Chelsea Academy cost £38 million. Our academy will cost £18 million but, it will be of the same quality as Chelsea Academy.  Hmnnn,  Let me think I believe that....duh NO!


How, in this time of severe price increases is this even remotely possible?

The council must think we're all too ignorant and won't notice that yet again the North of the borough are getting shafted with a sub-standard building.  


Whether you're for or against the proposal, don't we owe it to ourselves to get the best deal?  The council are perhaps banking on our apathy and lack of interest.  Are they right?


I hope not, I'm a great believer in people power and there's strength in numbers.  We are fast running out of time to have a say and we only have ourselves to blame for what we eventually get.  

Comment by Julian Pycraft on February 23, 2011 at 1:10

Dear Community


I endorse Joan Hall


I attended  the consultation tonight


I spoke to the planning and educational officers who seem to be sympathetic and empathetic to the needs of this community


It is absolutely critical that all of us continue to voice our views: on this website, emails, letters and phone calls to the officers, councillors and the press.


The issues seem to be:


1. The proposed road through the middle of the site,


2.Cut price half price cheap school built at £1,000 psm rather £1,800 psm (Chelsea Academy)


3. The uncertainty of the future of the Leisure Centre.


4. Loss of open space


5. Building of more social and/or marketing housing resulting in further loss of amenity space.


6. Security


7. Lack of shops, cafes and amenities


8. Poor infrastrucure


9. Non partisan trustworthy community leaders who will represent all of our interests


10. Persuading RBKC to invest its wealth in this community


It is up to us to make our voices heard - and we have 2 weeks to do it!


Best wishes


Julian Pycraft

Comment by Julian Pycraft on February 23, 2011 at 9:19

TO: Peter Bradbury Project Manager Kensington Academy

Good to meet you last night.
I would be grateful if you would send me the designs, specifications, layouts, pictures and costs for the The Chelsea Academy and the proposed Kensington Academy.
Please  highlight simply the main differences.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible
Best wishes
Julian Pycraft

Comment by Julian Pycraft on March 8, 2011 at 11:42

Chelsea Estate Management Ltd

152 Fulham Road

London SW10 9PR


RBKC Planning Policy

Room GO8/1

 The Town Hall

Hornton Street

London W8 7NX                                                          8th March 2011

Dear Sir

 Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre Draft Planning Brief Representations.

I am a local Kensington and Chelsea businessman and a stakeholder in the Notting Barns Ward.

There is very strong local community support for this initiative to create the Kensington Academy, to match for the north of the Royal Borough what has been achieved in the south by the Chelsea Academy.

To deliver that, a commitment by RBKC to provide comparable funding support is essential, demonstrating the principle of “fairness” for the whole community, in line with the “Localism” Agenda.

Equally important to the long-term success of the Kensington Academy and to its acceptance and continued support by the wider community is the need to minimise the loss of open space, the amenity value of which is at an absolute premium in this very densely developed part of the Royal Borough, which is devoid of the large open spaces found to the south.

For both financial and amenity reasons therefore, it is entirely wrong to burden this vital new community resource with any expectation of also providing new housing. There is no planning policy requirement for it and it should be deleted entirely from the Planning Brief.

What must also be deleted is any proposed new road cutting through the middle of the site. This would seriously damage the ability to create an integrated and cohesive community quarter for the neighbourhood, with the new Academy at its heart.

To achieve that cohesion: 1) the future of the Leisure Centre must also be assured;2) the personal security of people and of property must be demonstrably secured; 3) greatly improved public transport accessibility must be provided; and 4) non-partisan trustworthy community leaders must be appointed and supported, to represent all our interests.

The sustainability of the community quarter also requires provision of supporting shops, cafes and other associated amenities, to attract and retain people, so as to make the most of this opportunity to increase greatly the vitality and viability of this area of the Royal Borough for future generations.

Yours faithfully


Julian Pycraft

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