Borough cracks down on basement planning rule breaches

A crackdown on basement developments that have flouted agreed planning permissions has driven an increase in the number of enforcement notices served by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's planning enforcement team.

Kensington and Chelsea: council has issued 94 enforcement notices in 2014 (picture: Daniel X. O'Neil)
Kensington and Chelsea: council has issued 94 enforcement notices in 2014 (picture: Daniel X. O'Neil)

In a statement, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said that it has already issued 94 enforcement notices in 2014.

It said that the average number of enforcement notices served in a year over the previous five years was 35.

According to the London borough, basement developments that have fallen foul of agreed planning permissions have accounted for 30 notices.

Basement developers not following their construction traffic plans have accounted for 14 notices, the council said.

The borough added that notable cases in 2014 included housing association Catalyst, the developer of a development at Wormington Green, being fined £9,000 and being ordered to pay £6,900 in costs over a breach of transport conditions.

Timothy Coleridge, the council's cabinet member for planning policy, said: "There is a very clear message here. When planning permission is given, and conditions attached, we expect people to stick to them. If they don't, be they well known developers or a one-man band, we will act and if required look to the courts to back us."


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