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Thursday, 9 February 2017


Notting Hill is internationally synonymous with a kind of quirkiness that makes London so extraordinary and fascinating.
But London has its enemies..... those greedy and 
philistine developers with an eye for a fast buck.

The Dame loves Notting Hill. She's horrified that if developers get their way another piece of the London we love will disappear forever. 

The campaign to save Notting Hill Gate is an extraordinary one. 
Nearly 1000 objections have been made. It has drawn in the affluent to the 'just getting by'. 
The Dame implores her loyal gang to click HERE and read how they can help save this wonderful neighbourhood.
Notting Hill needs YOU like never before so please show your support by:

1. Attending as much of the Planning Appeal as you can to show the strength of local opposition to the developer's plans:

Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th February, 10am-4pm daily (with a possible extra day on the 21st), Council Chamber, RBK&C Town Hall, Hornton Street


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    1. Three developers have bought up the whole of Nottinghill Gate and hired architect Squire to maximise value with ultra high end residential units for foreign buyers.

      This is big money fighting residents, the Town Hall and the Government Inspector. The stakes are huge.

      Small businesses, residents and a culture that has been established over hundreds of years will be swept aside.

  2. Hillgate Village Resident10 February 2017 at 09:56

    Nottinghil Gate is unique in the Borough and is characterised by "Cafe Society". And surrounded by quaint multi coloured dwellings of an artisan nature. And a Farmer's Market. But of course this is hugely inefficient in terms of the value potential that can be obtained from utilising the land for "buy to leave". Especially high rise "buy to leave".

    There is a huge battle from residents to stop a wholesale knock down and knock out the local culture.

  3. Time has come for "the Peasants' Revolt"....need an efficient high profile leader....

  4. Err - some mistake surely - Notting Hill Gate was comprehensively destroyed in 1958-60. What's left is nothing.


    Any replacement of a monstrosity with a more modern monstrosity hardly matters compared to what was done then.

    1. Wolstan Dixie is obviously some kind of armchair planner. The "ruins" are host to a thriving and unique cafe society. Those who live here love it.

    2. I must say that Mr Dixie looks exactly like the typical type who shuffles around Nottinghill Gate. Not the sort of chap with £3 million in an offshore account to buy a one bed high rise flat.

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    4. I do indeed shuffle around NHG, and I do indeed NOT have £3m in an offshore account. But I DO mourn for how it was.

    5. Well Mr Dixie, the same planners consulted and agreed with the 1958-60 abomination. What makes you think it will be different this time around?

      Nottinghill Gate looks tatty because the three developers have let their properties run down on purpose. No maintenance and painting for years.

  5. I do not want my house to be in the shadow of a skyscraper. And I do not want all the little shops supporting my life swept away. And I do not want dirt, noise and heavy vehicles making my life hell for the next five years.

  6. The Dames Investigator10 February 2017 at 18:36

    The Chelsea Society makes this powerful argument against the proposed basement development at 1A Walton Street. The same argument applies to the Nottinghil Gate proposal.

    "Moreover he scale of the construction activity would be intolerable for local residents and would pose a risk to their health and well-being which the Council should not expect them to have to suffer. The scale of activity envisaged by the Construction Traffic Management Plan is enormous. The reality is that no plan can adequately mitigate the disruption caused by lorry movements on this scale. The Council should recognise this as a valid reason for refusing the application. The criterion should not be whether the proposed Traffic Management Plan is the best that can be devised: it should be whether the level of protection which it offers against unreasonable disruption is adequate. There are cases where no Traffic Management Plan can provide such protection and where a development should not therefore be allowed to take place. 1A Walton Street is one of them".

  7. Nottinghill Gate is suffering development overheating. Fox School in Hillgate Village is being expanded by 50%. This is a two year project of demolition and rebuilding, suspended parking, noisy lorries and filth. Around the corner is Lancer Square - a four year project of massive disruption. And the three developers are angling to knock down the whole of Nottinghill Gate to rebuild it. Another ten years of hell. This is in addition to all the individual conversions and basement developments that are underway (three in my street).

    It is not possible to live in this manner.

  8. Seasoned Campaigner11 February 2017 at 18:15

    One of the things that we know with certainty is that whatever undertakings are given in any Traffic Management Plan, these undertakings are routinely broken by developers. On a daily basis. It takes a huge amount of effort by residents to monitor, take photos, and call out enforcement Officers from Hornton Street.

    There is little point hiding behind Traffic Management Plans. Developers pay no attention to them. At present there are no penalties. No teeth. The regime needs to be toughened up.

    ZERO TOLERANCE approach required.


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