Councillors at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have agreed to push ahead with proposals to redevelop a council-owned estate, more than doubling the number of homes on the site
The authority said the appointment process for an architect-led development team for the 1.3 hectares of land in Pembroke Road, Kensington, would get underway in the New Year.
The split site currently houses two 1960s council buildings, including offices, a depot for refuse vehicles, a car park, and 116 homes shared between Broadwood Terrace and Chesterton Square.
Members of Kensington & Chelsea’s cabinet agreed to proceed with developing plans to redevelop the site, which is divided by Pembroke Road, with 116 new affordable homes and up to 176 new private homes, along with new office space and retail units.
Deputy council leader Rock Feilding-Mellen said the authority’s Pembroke Road operations cost ‘a great deal’ to run and that much of the office and depot space was surplus to requirements.
‘What we do need is new affordable homes and new income to help protect our front line services,’ he said.
‘If at the same time we can dramatically improve the streetscape and local environment of this corner of the borough that would be a tremendous bonus.’
The cabinet’s decision effectively selects full redevelopment of the sites as its preferred option, and paves the way for the creation of a more detailed proposals.
Kensington & Chelsea’s cabinet also agreed to explore options for redeveloping Barlby Primary School in North Kensington, and regenerating the area around the nearby Treverton Estate.