Leighton House Museum – plans to improve the renowned ‘palace of art’

Our latest guest blog from Anthony Walker of Kensington residents’ association ESSA details the proposed improvements to Leighton House Museum. Leighton House in the heart of Holland Park was built by President of the Royal Academy…

Boots Building at 127 Kensington High Street to be redeveloped

For many people the anonymous grey building on the corner of Kensington High Street and Wrights Lane is better known as the ‘Boots Building’ after its largest tenant. At present, it’s a dumpy corner on an otherwise distinguished High Street…

How will Crossrail affect house prices around Old Oak Common?

Crossrail and the Elizabeth Line Crossrail, one of Europe’s largest ever construction projects, is rapidly approaching its launch date. When it opens in 2018/2019, it will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through Central London…
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Skyscrapers at Old Oak Common – changing West London’s skyline

One of the pleasures of living in West London is the human scale and quality of its architecture.  Although an area densely built by any standards, West London has been largely spared from the current wave of tall buildings that have sprung…
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Gardens in the Sky – Kensington development news

‘Gardens in the Sky’ in Kensington is the affectionate name by which many know the Warwick Road Estate situated on either side of Pembroke Road. It is a ‘mixed use’ estate with two main blocks; Broadwood Terrace to the north and Chesterton…
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The future of the Kensington Odeon?

Just what is the future of Kensington Odeon? The saga rolls on although the cinema has been closed since last autumn. In order to preserve the original planning consent, demolition was started last year but it stopped as Minerva, its owners,…
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Old Oak Common development – the regeneration story of the decade

Very rarely does the chance come up to build an entirely new district from scratch in London but that’s exactly what is being proposed for Old Oak Common, just north of Wormwood Scrubs. Here we outline the Old Oak Common development plans. Until…

Legal challenge to neighbourhood plan for St Quintin estate

Henry Peterson, Chair of the St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum updates us on the status of neighbourhood plan for St Quintin estate. A public referendum takes place on Thursday 25th Feb at St Helens Church on whether to adopt the…

News on the Odeon High St Kensington development

Anthony Walker from residents association ESSA gives us an update on what is happening on key planning issues in Kensington including the controversial Odeon High St Kensington  development plan which they have been heavily involved in. So…

Whiteleys redevelopment – can the glory days return to Queensway?

It’s no secret that Whiteleys Shopping Centre on Queensway in Bayswater has seen better days. Yet plans are set to be agreed this year by Westminster City Council which could bring this Bayswater street and its iconic building into line with…