A historical building in Kensal Green is under potential threat from planners at Kensington and Chelsea Council – according to a group of local residents vowing to save the site. The building on Harrow Road, which dates back to 1833, is currently used as a stonemason’s showroom but could soon be replaced by a four storey block of modern flats.
It is said that residents are worried that replacing a single storey house with a much taller structure would block the view of Grade I listed Kensal Green cemetery and the Grade II listed Dissenters’ Chapel.
The group have begun an email campaign outlinging their concerns, which include:
• The Lander’s showroom be preserved, whether on its original site on Harrow Road, or in a new capacity in a new location.
• If planning permission be granted for the redevelopment of the site, the density of the scheme be reconsidered, to reduce its impact on the neighbourhood and the cemetery.
• Every effort should be made to reduce intrusion into the cemetery from rear windows and terraces of the proposed flats. It is inappropriate, and insensitive, to build recreational space so closely overlooking areas of the cemetery where graves are regularly visited and burials are still taking place.
• Every effort should be made to protect the cemetery’s Grade II Listed boundary wall of 1832, on the southern side of the Lander’s site, which is already on the Heritage at Risk Register.
• This application is premature in the light of inadequate local consultation, insufficient notice, and the timing of the consultation, at the height of the summer holidays.
This is in the hope that local residents will take note of the possible demolition and come out in force to prevent it. Speaking to The Kilburn Times Avril Mackintosh from the Kensal Triangle Resident Association (KTRA) said ‘We can not lose yet another part of historic Kensal Green – the housing should be designed around this fabulous building. We have to save it for future generations.’
The development has yet to be approved and is in its initial planning stages. So far a proposition has been submitted to Kensington & Chelsea Council by ‘Robertson and Lloyd Partnership’. RBKC council said it was unable to comment on any proposals whilst they were in the consultation stage. Consultation will last until the end of this week (Fri 29th August), and the council has said that residents can have their say as part of this. You can keep up to date on official developments by visiting the planning section of the council’s website and entering the reference number: 04657.
To keep up to date with the Kensal Green residents’ campaign or if you would like more information please visit: http://www.ktra.co.uk/