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Property details

Case reference: PP/19/02182
Address: 19 Mallord Street, LONDON, SW3 6AP
Ward: Stanley
Polling district: 18
Listed Building Grade: N/A
Conservation area: Chelsea Park/Carlyle

Applicant details

Applicant's name: Gems Education
Applicant company name: Strutt and Parker
Contact address: 5 Aldermanbury Sqaure London EC2V 7BP

Proposal details

Application type: PP (Planning permission)
Proposed development Conversion of the former telephone exchange (Sui generis) into a 420 place secondary school with 6th form (Use Class D1(personal permission)); creation of rear extension to enclose rear yard space at lower level; removal of rear external fire escape; works to roof to provide open play area, plant and lift accommodation; and general improvements to the building including new windows
Date received: 26 Mar 2019
Registration date:
(Statutory start date)
02 Apr 2019
Public consultation ends: 03 May 2019
Application status: Decided
Target date for decision: 28 May 2019

Decision details

This case has not yet been decided.

Decision: Refuse Planning Permission/Consent
Decision date: 01 Jul 2019
Conditions and reasons:


The proposal fails to demonstrate that the highway network would not be adversely affected by pupils travelling to and from the school during the schools opening hours. The proposal therefore fails to accord with Policies CT1 of the RBKC Local Plan and the Transport and Streets SPD.


The submitted Acoustic Assessment is incomplete and by reason of the high intensity of the proposed use fails to demonstrate that the living conditions of the occupiers of neighbouring properties would be adequately protect from noise and disturbance from the school use. Therefore, the proposal fails to accord with Policies CL5 and CE6 of the RBKC Local Plan and Noise SPD.


The internal layout, lack of facilities and outdoor play space results in the proposal being of insufficient quality to accommodate the significantly high number of pupils and staff proposed to attend the school. Therefore, the proposal fails to provide a use 'fit for purpose' and fails to accord with Policy CL2 of the RBKC Local Plan.


Because the submitted details in terms of air quality and contamination are incomplete and insufficient, the development fails to demonstrate that the impact on air quality would be minimised and mitigated and also fails to demonstrate that the potential risks of contaminated land have been considered and how these may be mitigated to safeguard future occupiers of the development. The development therefore fails to comply with policies CE5 and CE7 of the Consolidated Local Plan.



Refused despite pre-apps and discussions
To assist applicants in finding solutions to problems arising in relation to their development proposals the Local Planning Authority has produced planning policies, and provided written guidance, all of which are available on the Council's website, and offers a pre-application advice service. Pre-application advice was sought and provided, and improvements recommended during assessment of the application. Unfortunately this advice was not adhered to. Nevertheless, the Council is ready to enter into discussions with the applicants through the advice service to assist in the preparation of a new planning application.

Committee details

Decision by: MPDC (Major Planning Development Committee)
Date:27 Jun 2019
Venue:The Small Hall
Report item number:S27

Appeal details

This case has not been appealed.

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Contact details

Planning case officer: Richard McBride
Planning team: South
Email: planning@rbkc.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7361 3012

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