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Monday, 18 March 2019
MORE BARBARIANS AT THE 'GATE'?
Frogmore, which owns most of the north side of Notting Hill Gate and the David Game site on the south, is proposing a redevelopment of the block which goes from M&S down to the sportswear shop at the western end. The whole site is retail on the ground level with eight residential units above. Frogmore and their consultants presented a fully developed scheme to the trustees of the society for the first time last week. The proposal is for: A 175-room hotel – aimed at the “mid-market urban traveller” – covering the whole site, with food and beverage offer in the hotel on ground floor but no shops;
No replacement of the eight housing units.
The building would be 7 storeys, several floors taller than the current building housing M&S and two storeys taller than the buildings on either side (although the floors would be less high than the present ones), and it would also extend further at the back; and loss of the protective canopy along Notting Hill Gate.
Frogmore has informed us that the RBKC planners support the scheme. The Kensington Society will be commenting directly to both Frogmoreand the planners. We suggest, however, that interested members should go along to the public exhibition on Wednesday 27 March (6 pm -9 pm) and Saturday 30thMarch ((10 am to 2 pm) at St John’s Church, on the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN, and let Frogmore know what you think as there may still be time for changes to be made. Even though there is not yet any formal planning application, you could also send comments to the planning officer at RBKC, Stephanie Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org . Also please tell us what your opinion is. Yours sincerely Amanda Frame Chairman