Tell us your views about basement development in the borough

06 December 2012

Basement extensions are common in the Royal Borough and the Council is now consulting on its revised planning policy towards this type of development.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was probably the first local authority to produce a comprehensive set of planning policies to control basement development and over recent months the Council has been reviewing these.

In Kensington and Chelsea extending homes upwards or rearwards may not always be acceptable. Extending homes downwards is, therefore, seen by some residents as a practicable option.

The `Basement Extensions: Issues' paper was the first stage in reviewing basement development policy and following consultation last April and May a final draft policy has now been produced for consultation. This consultation runs until Thursday 31 January 2013 and the Council expects to adopt its new basement policy by the end of 2013.

Councillor Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

"The Royal Borough is one of the most densely populated parts of the country and basement extensions are often chosen by homeowners as a way of increasing the size of their property.

"We are determined to get this aspect of development right and want residents to have their say on our revised basement policy."

The paper is available to view on the Council's website or at all Council libraries and in the Planning Information Office at Kensington Town Hall.

Email the Policy Team at for copies of these documents or with any queries you may have.

If you wish to send your comments in writing send them to:

The Executive Director of Planning and Borough Development
Policy Team
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street
London W8 7NX