The New Homes Delivery Programme (NHDP) has identified a site on the existing Cheyne nursery (located on Thorndike Close off the King’s Road) as a potential area to help deliver new homes for the borough alongside a rebuilt state-of-the-art nursery and children’s centre, increasing available capacity. This site, currently called Cheyne, will form part of ‘Phase 2’ of the NHDP.
The Council is currently exploring plans with architects and will be consulting with residents from June 2021 to capture their views and incorporate them into the ongoing planning of the building’s design and operation. We are asking parents and staff to codesign the interiors of the children's centre and nursery, giving them the opportunity to input into what will be included in the design and the services offered.
- Pause on Cheyne new homes
Following three rounds of consultation with residents, we have decided to pause our plans to build a new children’s centre, nursery and new homes on the Cheyne site on Thorndike Close off the King’s Road.
These plans, which form part of our New Homes Delivery Programme to build 600 new homes across the borough of which 300 will be for social rent, have seen some opposition from local residents who are concerned about the look of the proposed buildings.
We are therefore pausing to look again at the design of the scheme and giving residents more time to input into the building design. We will come back and talk to residents in the new year.
Our commitment to build homes and deliver much-needed new children’s services on this this site remains unchanged but it is clear we need more time to get this right for local residents.
- Third round
We’re presenting plans and proposals in a third round of engagement with residents on New Homes at Cheyne. We’ve listened to residents throughout rounds one and two and are now presenting the proposals that will go to the Council’s planning department, having taken on board feedback and incorporated the design preferences of local people where possible.
You can download the accessible presentation or watch a voice-overed video which talks through the latest proposals using the links in this section.
We will be presenting these proposals at two events in the coming weeks. You can attend a session either:
- Saturday 27 November, 11am to 12.30pm
- Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road, London, SW10 0QR
- Tuesday 30 November, 5.30pm to 7pm
- Join the meeting
You will have the opportunity to provide further comments on the planning proposal via the RBKC planning website once it has been submitted. You will be able to view all the planning documents on the RBKC planning webpage for the application. We will share information on this page about how to do this once the application is submitted.
Cheyne Round 3 Presentation
- Second round of consultation
Our second round of consultation on New Homes at Cheyne presented updated proposals which sought to respond to resident feedback provided during the first round of consultation, notably reducing the height and number of floors in the proposed building. You can read more about this round under the “First round of consultation” drop-down section.
This round also gave residents the chance to express their preferences about some of the design proposals being considered for the site, such as architectural features that could be used on the building and in its surrounding landscape.
What you told us:
Strong support for the Nursery and Children’s centre on the site
We welcome and appreciate the local support for the proposed Nursery and Children’s Centre.
Concerns about new homes and social housing
We have listened to the concerns raised about providing new homes on the site and considered this alongside feedback from planning officers and other stakeholders.
The intention is to include nine new homes as part of the development which has been reduced from up to 22 homes presented at Round 1. Planning policies encourage the re-use of council sites to provide much needed new homes in the borough. The site is in an accessible location and close to local shops and services, so we think it’s a good site for building new homes.
Concerns about the building’s height
The height of the development was reduced in consultation Rounds 1 and 2 from up to seven storeys in the original proposal to four storeys in the latest one: a ground floor level and three storeys above ground. This means that nine new homes are now proposed, rather than up to 22 as was previously proposed.
The four-storey proposal was discussed with the Council’s planning department and the design officer considered it to be an appropriate height in the context of the surrounding area.
Concerns about building density in the area
The borough is typically characterised by low to medium rise developments (the definition of which includes developments up to 6 storeys in height) and often in the form of mansion blocks. The proposed development of nine new homes on a site measuring 0.14 hectares, represents a density of 64 homes per hectare. This is much lower than the Chelsea Waterfront development and we think the scale of development is appropriate for this site.
Concerns about daylight and sunlight
A detailed technical assessment has been carried out to inform the design of the proposal and a report will be submitted with the planning application.
The technical assessment concludes that nearly all the windows of neighbouring properties tested will comply with the relevant industry guidelines, provided by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). These guidelines are used to assess new developments like this and designed to ensure developments do not have unacceptable impacts.
The assessment concludes that the neighbouring park and the gardens on Thorndike Close will comply with BRE industry guidelines.
Concerns about traffic caused by the new development
The new homes will be car free with no parking spaces, in line with the Council’s policy requirements. The local area is highly accessible by bus, and cycle spaces will be provided for the new residents and those who work in and visit the Nursery and Children’s Centre.
Over two thirds of the additional trips will be made on foot or by public transport with the remainder by car or cycle.
- We have incorporated your preference of paving choices into the design
- Feedback from Round 2 told us that residents and other stakeholders preferred greenery to be incorporated into the façade design. This feature has been enhanced by including evergreens to make sure there will be some greenery all year round. This feature has been praised by the Quality Review Panel in our pre-application discussions.
- Feedback from Round 2 indicated a preference for a calm internal colour scheme, and the intention is to incorporate this at the detailed design stage. There will be design workshops arranged in the future to discuss the interior design of the Nursery and Children’s Centre.
- Responses to the red tone brick presented at round 2 have been muted. In response to this feedback, the design team is continuing to consider options for the tone of brick.
Consultation Round Two Report
Consultation Round Two Presentation
- First round of consultation
What you told us:
The key themes emerging from resident feedback were:
- Strong support for the Nursery and Children’s Centre but objection to the housing and/or height
- Height should be lower to reflect the surrounding properties
- Concerns regarding the impact on Westfield Park, particularly the playground
- Concerns about the impact from construction
- Concerns about living next to the new proposals
We have taken on board your comments and feedback where possible to shape the evolving design of the proposals.
- The impact of this scheme on Westfield Park is concerning, particularly the playground.
- Strong support for nursery but objection to the housing and/or height.
- Concerns on the construction and environmental impact (noise, air quality, transport etc.)
- Reassure you that all proposals are within the existing footprint of Cheyne Nursery and don’t have any impact on Westfield Park. We are committed to retaining the existing playground and propose to improve the pathway to the park.
- Continue to work with the architects to ensure concerns about light and access to the park remain a consideration throughout the planning process.
- Ensure good construction practice will be used, taking into consideration noise, air quality, transport, adequate parking and will work to continually update residents and relevant communities on phases of construction.
Height of the building
The proposed height of the new building is too tall and will:
- Be taller than buildings in the surrounding area.
- Reduce sun/daylight reaching surrounding buildings and over Westfield Park.
- The traffic and density will increase as the proposal will bring too many new residents, adding strain to local infrastructure and resources.
- Change the proposal to reflect the surroundings heights. We are now proposing four storeys which should reduce potential daylight and sunlight impacts on neighbouring properties.
- We will continue to provide 100 per cent social housing on this site, but the number of homes will be reduced to nine in-line with proposed height reductions.
- Make sure that the development will be ‘car free’ with no car parking spaces allocated to the new homes.
We hosted two consultation sessions as part of our first round of consultation on Cheyne. An online session took place on Tuesday 29 June and an in-person session took place at Carlyle Building on Hortensia Road on Saturday 3 July.
If you were unable to attend these sessions, you can still find out more by viewing the presentation and Q&A on this page and sharing your feedback using our online form.
Cheyne first round of consultation presentation
Know someone who can’t get online?
If you know someone who is unable to access the internet, we can arrange for a hard copy of the presentation and feedback form to be sent to them by post. You can also request the consultation materials in another language. Please call 07739 313539 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
You can email us about the new homes aspect of this site at Newhomesenquiries@rbkc.gov.uk.
For queries about the nursery and children’s centre, email CheynenurseryandCC@rbkc.gov.uk.
Cheyne questions and answers
- What is happening to Cheyne Nursery?
Cheyne Nursery and Children’s Centre is being redeveloped as part of these plans. The Council recently took the nurseries back under its management and it was clear on review that the building could not provide the facilities which we want for our children and families.
A decision was therefore taken to demolish the current building and to build a state-of-the-art facility for children and families.
Children currently using Cheyne Nursery have been relocated to Violet Melchett and Children’s Centre services are being delivered at Cheyne for the moment as well as at St Cuthbert’s Earl’s Court.
- How will the nursery/children’s centre aspect of this scheme be separated from the housing element? Will the nursery/children’s centre be overlooked?
Safeguarding issues are of paramount importance as we design and build this facility. Separate entrances will ensure that there is no opportunity for unauthorised access to the nursery and children’s centre.
Work has been ongoing with planners and architects to design-out the possibility that the site will be overlooked.
- How many children will the nursery and children’s centre cater for?
The new nursery will be an 80 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) nursery.
Children’s Centre services will offer access to services to over 5,000 under-fives and their families living in the south of the borough.
- Have parents and staff currently registered at the nursery and Children’s Centre been involved and consulted?
Parents and nursery staff have been informed of our plans and have been invited to submit thoughts and concerns. In addition, all families currently registered with a Children’s Centre have been informed of our plans and been invited to comment.
The Council wants to take this opportunity to discuss the facilities with current parents and potential future users. We will therefore plan and organise a series of consultation events, in line with Covid-19 restrictions in and around the community.
- How will places at the nursery and children’s centre be allocated?
Nursery Places: Some nursery places will be for children who are supported by children’s social care as is the case at all in-house nurseries. The remainder, the vast majority of places, will be allocated on a first come/first served basis. The recent Childcare Sufficiency Assessment showed us that there is a need for more nursery places for 0-2’s in the World’s End area of the borough and this, too, drove our ambition to establish a new and much needed facility in the vicinity.
Children’s Centre services: All families living in the south of the borough who are expecting a baby or have children under five will have access to the services delivered from the site. There will be a particular focus on the first 1001 days of life – expectant parents and children up to the age of two years old. Access will be via referral or open access. There will also be the opportunity to support the whole family as part of the wider Family Hub model.
- Will the new homes be offered at social rent?
Yes, we propose all homes on this site will be offered at social rent.
- What is "social rent"?
All residential units will be offered at social rent (affordable housing for rent). Kensington and Chelsea Council will retain ownership of all the properties.
- What is the existing social housing situation in Kensington and Chelsea?
There is a severe shortage of social homes in the borough and while demand rises every year, the number of available vacancies gets smaller. Even high-priority applicants are likely to have to wait five years for a home, or even longer for three-bedroom and larger properties. As part of our brief we are looking to prioritise two and three bed social rent family homes to meet the needs we have.
- How are residents able to have their say on plans for the new nursery, children’s centre and homes?
Residents and other local key stakeholders can share their views during the three rounds of consultation. We will also hold meetings with parents to discuss the specifics of the interior spaces and the services on offer to families once the build is underway.
- What are the timescales for delivery of the new nursery, children’s centre and homes?
The new building is proposed to be completed, with the nursery, children’s centre and new homes ready by 2024.
- How many homes are you planning to build on the site and how tall will the development be?
We are proposing to build nine residential units in a ground + three storey building (four storeys in total). The aim is to create new homes and nursery and children centre facilities for the community that complement and preserve the scale, appearance and character of the surrounding area.
- How are you funding the New Homes programme?
The New Homes Delivery Programme is being funded via Housing Revenue Account borrowing and through a grant provided by the Mayor of London (Greater London Authority), alongside income from open market homes for rent provided on site.
The Council proposes to retain long term ownership of the affordable homes/social rent proposed for Cheyne site.
- Who are the architects and who would undertake the development?
We have appointed Haworth Tompkins as architects for the Cheyne project and propose to build the new homes by employing an experienced contractor rather than using a third-party developer. Haworth Tompkins is an architectural practice based in London, with more than 25 years’ experience collaborating with socially driven organisations and clients to deliver award-winning projects.
- Will the new scheme be environmentally friendly?
The scheme will be designed and constructed within the framework set by the Council’s fuel poverty, housing improvement and carbon emission reduction objectives. We have set a target for the Council’s operations to be net zero carbon by 2030 and for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2040.
In relation to the design of any new build scheme, particular emphasis is being placed on sustainability, for example enhanced insulation to reduce fuel bills heating and hot water sources, as well as careful use of sustainable building materials.
- Will we hire local people to work on the Cheyne project?
The Council will employ qualified contractors to build the development. The building contracts will include requirements for apprenticeships as well as employment of local workforce and use of locally based suppliers.
- What impact will the development have on local residents?
The development will provide much-needed new homes for the local area, as well as a combined children’s centre and nursery facilities, for the benefit of the wider community.
- Why are you carrying out this consultation now rather than waiting until after the pandemic?
The Council has a duty to seek to provide homes for people on the Housing Register and this project will help to facilitate this. We don’t know how long the pandemic might last and cannot wait for an indefinite period to plan the construction of new homes.
In addition, the Mayor of London has allocated funding to the borough to support the delivery of new affordable homes and there are prescribed deadlines for when the different stages of the overall New Homes Programme must start to secure this.
The Council is holding three separate rounds of public consultation on this project.
There will also be a further opportunity for the community and local residents to comment during the usual planning consultation processes.
- Are you able to share daylight models for the site?
Light models for the proposed scheme will be collated and presented as part of discussions with the Resident Steering Group. These will also be available as part of the material presented at the third round of consultation.
Detailed technical studies are will be prepared as part of the latest design process in respect of daylight, sunlight and overshadowing which will carefully consider and mitigate the impacts on existing properties both on and adjoining the site in line with policy and best practice guidance.
- How will residents without internet hear about the proposals?
We will arrange for homes and businesses in the Chelsea Riverside to receive flyers. For those unable to access the internet, the invite flyers included a dedicated phone number to enable people to get in touch to arrange for a hard copy of the presentation and feedback form to be sent to them by post or if required in another language. We can also send copies of the flyer, feedback form and pre-paid envelopes to those residents living close to the site so they can respond.
- How will existing services support the new scheme?
We will commission a new study to review the need for services. The study will look at the impact additional housing has on all elements of local community. This will include consideration of schools, hospitals, emergency services and more. We are looking to create a community space as part of the development.
- What are the different rounds of this consultation?
There will be three rounds of engagement on this project giving people the opportunity to provide feedback on the scheme design as it evolves:
- Round 1 – Initial options
- Round 2 – Developed scheme design in response to comments
- Round 3 – Exhibition of final scheme prior to planning submission
- How are you funding the new nursery and children’s centre?
The new nursery and children’s centre will be funded through the Council’s capital programme.
- How will the new homes be allocated?
The new homes would be allocated via our Housing Register.