Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

Comment ID 240
Document Section Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation Consultation Arrangements General comments View all on this section
Respondent Albyns Limited (Albyns Limited) View all by this respondent
Agent Jones Lang LaSalle (Kathryn Wi…
Response Date 31 Jan 2013

-          Much of the end impact of basement development is not seen.  Construction does  not influence whether other developments are approved and it ought not to be a material planning consideration for basements.  There is no reason to support it in the area of basement development.


There is a lack of evidence where a number of basements have been constructed over the last 10 years to determine whether basement development has had a negative impact, as confirmed in the Basement Owners Survey November 2012.


Paragraph 158 of the NPPF sets out that “each local planning authority should ensure that the Local Plan is based on adequate, up-to-date and relevant evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area. Local planning authorities should ensure that their assessment of and strategies for housing, employment and other uses are integrated, and that they take full account of relevant market and economic signals.”  Therefore, further evidence is needed to support the restrictions set out in policy CL7 before these standards are applied.


-          Residents wish to live in the borough because of the fine houses. Some houses are quite small whereas others can be large. It is often true that building upwards is often limited because of conservation issues; it would therefore be entirely appropriate to allow residents to build such extensions to meet the particular needs of this particular family.


a)       Effective


The RBKC Annual Monitoring Report 2012 provides details of the number of basement developments in figure 9.1 from 2008 – 2012.  In total 1226 applications have been submitted and 143 applications have been refused (11.6%).  The majority (88%) of applications were considered to be acceptable basement development and therefore we question the need to restrict basement development, when the existing policy is effective in delivering good development.