Issues raised by the community will not be ignored, voices will not just be listened to but actually heard.
Throughout its history, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has been economically diverse. People with regular jobs, like nurses, teachers and IT professionals cannot afford to live in RBKC because there is not enough social or middle-income housing. In the past decade, the council has taken money rather than making sure developers built affordable housing. This has led to many new houses being created that are targeted at the investment market, often left empty, making RBKC feel sometimes like a ghost town. Short term thinking like this is not the way to plan for the future of a community. There needs to be a vision and a plan for RBKC.
Housing for people of average income is fundamental to the health and prosperity of individuals, communities, and the country. We have to be innovative and address structural problems so people who were born in our community can stay here. The council needs to build more housing for present and future residents of RBKC.
New Planning Structures and House Building
1.We will carry out a full inventory of the housing owned and managed in the borough and hold an Open House Event to allow all types of residents to tell us what they need.
2.We want innovative ways to build social, affordable housing in the borough – brownfield sites like Kensal Gas Works have the potential for 5,000 homes with a new Crossrail station. Potential funding streams – local bonds, pension fund investments and aim listing to support RBKC council investment.
3.We want to divide the borough into 4 planning committees, with an overall borough plan. This will allow for area differences and specific issues, yet keep an over view for the whole borough. It will mean local people should have a clear idea of who to speak to in the council for their area with regard to planning.
4.Ensure that all local planning consultations include economic, social, and safety assessment across a range of scenarios.
5.We want to make the planning process transparent, so we will require anyone with property development interests not to be allowed to sit on the planning committees.
6.Set up a Federation of Residents Associations, so they can feed into the council and respond better to borough wide concerns.
7.More stringent environmental impact study statement from developers – to have a more cohesive plan for the number, the stage and the time periods for the development.