Called-in decision: land at 43/45 and 39/41 Notting Hill Gate and 161-237 Kensington Church Street
The Secretary of State on 25 June 2020 granted planning permission for a tall building on the corner of Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Church Street.
The application was called in by the Secretary of State, the Mayor who supported the proposal having taken it out of the hands of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, who opposed the development.
The scheme will provide for a new landmark building to replace Newcombe House. Permission was granted for 55 residential units including much-needed affordable housing, retail units, a new medical centre and a new public square. There will also be step-free access to the London Underground at Notting Hill Gate station for the first time.
The Secretary of State found the provision of housing to attract very significant weight and the provision of affordable housing to carry very substantial weight.
On the key issue of heritage, the Inspector found (and the Secretary of State agreed) that RBKC had made the mistake of being overly reliant on the effect of views rather than considering the effect on significance of the asset overall. The Secretary of State agreed that the package of public benefits was of such importance that it would outweigh the harm identified to the significance of heritage assets.