Local Plan

New Local Plan Review

The Council is starting a review of its Local Plan and is consulting on Borough Issues as a very early stage in this process. You can view the documents and participate in this consultation by using the link below.

New Local Plan Review: Borough Issues Consultation

Evidence base

The Council has started collecting the information it needs to inform our new Local Plan. 

As part of this exercise we have appointed Urban Shape to undertake a ‘Retail and Leisure Needs Assessment and Town Centre Study’. The study will help shape the future role of the town centres in Kensington and Chelsea, to ensure they are successful, vibrant centres which respond to the needs of current and future populations.

Shopping patterns telephone surveyAs part of the study, residents in the borough and surrounding areas may be contacted by a market research company called NEMS to participate in a telephone survey about where they visit for shopping and leisure activities, and what they like and dislike about the town centres in Kensington and Chelsea. 

NEMS will be undertaking the telephone survey in late January to early February 2021. The survey will take less than ten minutes to complete.

Should you have any questions regarding the telephone survey, please email chris.turner@rbkc.gov.uk.  

Once completed, the final Retail and Leisure Needs Assessment and Town Centre Study will be available to view on the Kensington and Chelsea Council website later in 2021.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Urban Shape thank residents for their assistance and participation in the telephone survey.

Local Plan

On 11 September 2019, the Council adopted its Local Plan Partial Review (LPPR) Publication Policies, February 2017. This includes a new Foreword written by the Leader, Cllr Elizabeth Campbell. The adopted Local Plan incorporates both the ‘main modifications’ recommended by the Inspector and the ‘minor/additional modifications’ published by the Council.

Local Plan 2019 [Full Document]

Local Plan Proposals Map.pdf

The Local Plan is also available to download in three sections as follows:

Section 1: Spatial Strategy (Chapters 1-16)

Section 2: Delivery Strategy (Chapters 17-27)

Section 3: Supporting Information (Chapters 28-32)

You can contact the Planning Policy team on planningpolicy@rbkc.gov,uk of you would like a hard copy of the Local Plan. The cost is £52. The Proposal Map will cost an additional £16.



The Local Plan was adopted at the Full Council meeting on 11 September 2019. Watch a webcast of the meeting. Further details of the meeting, and the decision, can be seen on the Meetings page.

As required by Regulations 26 of the Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Council must make available:

An adoption statement

The Council carried out the sustainability appraisal for the LPPR within a wider Integrated Impact Assessment (IIP). Two documents are of particular relevance:

Integrated Impact Assessment (May 2017) 

Integrated Impact Assessment Addendum (July 2018) 

IIA Adoption Statement (September 2019)

These documents are also available for inspection during normal office hours at Kensington Town Hall and local libraries. See the Library pages for details.

A short briefing note has been prepared which sets out the principal changes introduced by the LPPR.

LPPR Briefing

Full details about the preparation and examination of the LPPR can been seen on the Local Plan Examination page.


Neighbourhood Plans

The Borough is home to two Neighbourhood Plans which also form part of the development plan for their areas: