Planning and heritage advice for a new building at Kensington Palace
RPS secured planning and Scheduled Monument Consent for a proposed new building to the rear of the Grade I listed Queen Ann Orangery, including a double basement, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
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Historic Royal Palaces
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The team coordinated the design development work, liaising with the architects and consultant team to develop a proposal which meets the client’s requirements, whilst addressing the technical requirements of the site and responding to the Council’s policies. Our work involved developing a strategy and robust case to overcome the principle policy matters, including the development of a building within the MOL, the heritage sensitivities of the Grade I listed building, and construction of a double storey basement. We developed a needs case, and justification of very special circumstances, to overcome the presumption against the proposals and secure support for the scheme.
The work required a comprehensive consultation strategy to be developed and implemented due to the local and regional interest in the proposals. This included consultation and engagement with local residents and resident’s societies within the local area, ward councillors, users of the facilities including local colleges, heritage and amenity societies within the area and other landowners, including Royal Parks and the Royal Household.
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