A great place to live, work and learn

A great place to live, work and learn

Most of our residents think Kensington and Chelsea is already a great place to live and work and they want it to remain as pleasant and attractive as it is. As one of the most densely populated areas of London, this means making sure that rules around licensing, planning, traffic management and short term holiday lets are properly enforced.

Whilst the borough has some of the UK’s most expensive properties for private sale, many thousands of its residents live in social housing. Following the Grenfell tragedy, the Council took over direct management of its housing stock and is working hard to improve landlord services.

The Council supports mixed tenure developments and is against the construction of new flats purely for investment, that are destined to be left unoccupied. A new Statement of Community Involvement will set the template for how we engage with our communities on planning matters in the future.

We are anticipating an early review of our Local Plan and looking at different ways in which we can make the planning process more accessible for our residents. We are also developing a new Housing Strategy, which will aim to maximise delivery of new social and affordable homes in the borough.

In Kensington and Chelsea, a higher proportion of state school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at university than anywhere else in the country. All schools are rated 'good' or 'outstanding' by OFSTED, the best performance in London. The Council’s Children’s Services are also rated 'outstanding'. We are the top area for school social mobility in the country and our high standards will be maintained.

The Council is developing an Economy Strategy to enable individuals and communities to thrive.

This will mean widening access to employment and enterprise opportunities, working with local businesses to deliver social investment and creating more apprenticeships, including within the Council and its supply chains. We also want to see a sustainable Further Education College, providing relevant, high quality education and training.

What we want to see

  • Strong partnerships exist between residents and the Council, where honest and challenging conversations can take place.
  • Residents are involved in decision making and can hold public bodies to account.
  • Communities are fully engaged in the development of our planning policies.
  • Community spaces, including public libraries, are accessible to all and well used by their local communities.
  • No loss of existing social housing in the borough.
  • Council tenants receive excellent housing management services, which have been developed in partnership with them.
  • New mixed tenure housing developments, with genuinely affordable housing for key workers, as well as new social housing.
  • Swifter, more effective action is taken against nuisance generated by developers, licenced premises and others.
  • Our state schools maintain their high standards, with the most disadvantaged pupils outperforming their peers in other areas of the country.
  • All young people have a defined career pathway into further education, university, employment or enterprise.
  • Voluntarism, philanthropy and social enterprise are promoted and supported.
  • A successful FE College with a sustainable future in North Kensington.

What will we do?

  • Listen to what local residents want and be guided by their views on any changes to neighbourhoods.
  • Make it easy for people to complain and take effective enforcement action to get licensing, planning and traffic management rules obeyed.
  • Engage communities in the creation of a new Statement of Community Involvement for Planning. 
  • Tackle the noise and nuisance associated with short term holiday letting.
  • Provide more genuinely affordable housing, including at least 300 new social homes.
  • Tackle the development of new flats that are built only to be left empty.
  • Encourage new housing which is sympathetic to its surroundings.
  • Council contractors to pay the London Living Wage and encourage other businesses to do so.
  • Target recruitment of local people by the Council and its contractors.
  • Rebuild Barlby Primary School and build a new special school in North Kensington.
  • Provide new skills development and training opportunities, including apprenticeships. 
  • Co-create a new youth offer with local children and young people.
  • Create an environment where entrepreneurs and micro-businesses can flourish. 
  • Keep all our existing public libraries open offering learning opportunities for all.