Welcome to our website which provides information on our proposals for the development of Heythrop College, Kensington Square.

On Tuesday 27th November, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for the Heythrop College site.

We have worked hard to consider feedback from the community, stakeholders and RBKC and thank you for your interest and feedback so far.

We will continue to provide updates as the scheme progresses to make sure that you are kept informed. 

To view the planning application on RBKC's website please click here. The case number is: PP/18/05313.

To view the listed application on RBKC's website please click here. The case number is: LB/18/05314.

To download a copy of the latest newsletter which includes a summary of the scheme please click here.

To view our draft CTMP please click here. To view our draft DTMP please click here.

To provide your feedback on the CTMP and DTMP, you can comment by clicking here.

This website contains information on the proposals and will continue to be updated as the project evolves.

To download a copy of the latest newsletter sent to residents in September 2018, please click here.

To download a copy of the latest proposals displayed at the public exhibition in July 2018, please click here.

Our team

Westbourne Capital Partners Limited

(the Developer)

are experts in residential and extra-care developments.


Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

(the Architect)

is an architectural practice specialising in residential buildings with extensive experience in London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
View some of KPF’s previous work by clicking here


Andy Sturgeon

(the Landscape Architect)

are appointed to design the landscaping. Twice voted one of the top 10 garden designers in the UK and winner of numerous awards including 7 Gold Medals and twice Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy Sturgeon blends strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless landscapes.
View some of Andy Sturgeon’s previous work by clicking here


Other professional teams

The team includes a range of disciplines including dedicated experts in planning, heritage, transport and engineering.

The Site


Our vision is to create an inclusive, comprehensive development for those later in life; a place where residents can actively live and enjoy their later years, surrounded by like-minded people.

The Heythrop site was identified for development by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which, following public consultation, was adopted in May 2016.

To view a copy of the Council’s adopted SPD, please click here.

The SPD’s principal objectives are:

  • To retain a social and community use and a good mix of uses in the area

  • To preserve the tranquil and picturesque nature of the site

  • To maintain a high quality green space on the site

  • To preserve and enhance the character, appearance and setting of the heritage assets

Other important aspects of the SPD include:

  • Any new development needs to prove it does not significantly impact on local traffic and parking

  • Building heights should not exceed nine storeys and taller buildings should be located to the west of the site

To inform our ideas, we studied the SPD and the comments from the public consultation.

Preserving Heritage

The Kensington Square Conservation Area was one of the first in the country and the second to be recognised by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. As an important heritage asset for Kensington, we have taken time to understand the unique character of the area and our vision aims to respect its magnificent heritage.

The land that Kensington Square now occupies was acquired in 1682 by Thomas Young, builder and joiner to Charles II. Kensington Square is the sixth oldest square in London, with the buildings forming the square completed around 1700.

In 1859, the convent of Maria Assumpta moved into 23 Kensington Square and the site was used as gardens and the grounds of the Maria Assumpta Chapel and College Building which were constructed in 1870-71.

Heythrop College has occupied this site since 1993. First established in Louvain by the Society of Jesus in 1614, the college specialises in the teaching of philosophy and theology and has been a constituent college of the University of London since 1840. Following a decline in student numbers the college has decided to leave the site in November 2018.



Our proposals

To download a copy of the latest newsletter sent to residents in September 2018, please click here.

To download a copy of the proposals displayed at the public exhibition in July 2018, please click here.

To download a copy of the latest construction handout, please click here.

Summary of proposals

• 142 Extra Care units
• On-site affordable housing
• Restoration of 3 Grade II listed townhouses on Kensington Square 
• Supporting medical and residential facilities for the Extra Care units
• A new community hall, available for the local community to use
• A landscaped deck built over the railway line, providing visual and acoustic benefits for neighbours and creating additional space to be used partially for public realm
• Over an acre of publicly accessible gardens

Section 106 benefits

• £4m towards step free access for High Street Kensington Underground Station
• On-site public art
• Upgrades to the highway in coordination with RBKC

Responding to feedback

Throughout the development of our proposals we have worked hard to consider feedback from the community, stakeholders and RBKC. A summary of our key changes include:

• On-site provision of affordable housing
• Significant reduction in building height, massing and bulk across the site
• Approximately 25% reduction in basement size
• Changes to the design of the proposals to further respect neighbouring architecture and heritage assets
• Revisions to the layout of the site to improve permeability and create larger central public realm
• Significant reduction in construction traffic and programme as a result of the reduction in basement size and building massing
• Return the listed townhouses at 23 and 24 Kensington Square back to their intended residential use
• Deck level changed resulting in lowered height of the buildings on the deck by 1.5m

The proposals will deliver 142 new Extra Care units including a mix of one and two bedroom homes, alongside a range of high-quality communal facilities.

Each unit is designed to accommodate specialist nursing care in the privacy of your own home whilst still being part of a community, enabling couples to remain living together.

The Extra Care service will be provided by Draycott Nursing & Care. Draycott is a highly respected, bespoke care provider operating within London and throughout the UK which provides 24/7 nursing and domiciliary care within the home environment both to the elderly and those recovering from an operation or accident, or those requiring end of life care.

There is a growing need for Extra Care in RBKC with the resident population aged between 70 and 90 forecast to increase by 37% to almost 24,000 by 2030. Life expectancy in RBKC is also higher than the London average at 84 for men and 87 for women.

Draycott’s traditional values and high standards of care are why they are repeatedly recommended by private GPs across London and why they have been selected to provide our future residents with the best possible care.



Landscaping is central to our proposals responding to a key aspiration of the SPD, to deliver new high-quality landscaped public realm.

The proposals will include high-quality landscaped public realm designed by award-winning landscape architect, Andy Sturgeon. The plans will include a large central public square for residents and neighbours to enjoy, providing a focal point for the new buildings.

The public realm will use a mix of soft and hard landscaping, taking inspiration from Kensington Square, and London’s other great green spaces. It will create an inviting place for the local community including children’s play space. Other public realm across the site will also use a range of planting and hard landscaping.

Residents will have access to a private courtyard at the southern end of the site. In addition, a series of roof gardens are proposed to provide visual and residential amenity and will contribute to the overall biodiversity of the area.

Working with Transport for London, the plans will introduce a new deck over a section of the railway line adjacent to the site. The deck will create new space that will be used as public realm and will also be part occupied by the new buildings enabling a more efficient and considerate layout across the site.

Design and architecture

The new development will be designed to make a positive contribution to the townscape, responding appropriately to the character of the surrounding area.

The proposals use a variety of heights, as outlined in the SPD. The proposals have been further enhanced to take greater consideration of the existing heritage buildings on site. Storey heights and materials have been designed to respect these buildings whilst also meeting the requirements of the internal Extra Care uses.

To ensure a positive relationship between the new buildings and the listed buildings, we would refurbish, retain and enhance the buildings fronting onto Kensington Square as part of the proposals.

The design team have worked closely with stakeholders and heritage experts to select a palette of materials which will harmonise with the listed buildings and local architectural vernacular, such as brick, stone and roof shingles.


The site is well connected to public transport with Kensington High Street Underground Station in close proximity and a number of bus routes close by.

One of our key aspirations is to improve integration of the site with the local area whilst providing better public access to the new public realm. Proposed access will provide for:

• South End: maintained as main access for vehicles and pedestrians

• Kensington Square: day time pedestrian access proposed through the building frontages

The layout has also been amended to enable future connections through the site, including the potential for access over the railway..

Extra-care is a low traffic generating use compared to other potential uses for the site such as a school. 27 car parking spaces will be provided (incl. 20 disabled accessible spaces) within a basement car park. Residents will not be eligible to apply for an on-street parking permit.

Servicing and deliveries will take place within the site. All deliveries will take place within an enclosed service yard. Deliveries will be managed to minimise disturbance.

Safe and secure cycle parking will be provided for staff and residents. Given the excellent accessibility of the site, it is expected that the majority of trips will be made by sustainable modes of transport.



We are committed to working with the local community as we deliver this important site. 

We have carried out more than 80 hours of consultation and will continue to meet with local groups and stakeholders to discuss our proposals.

In October and December 2017 as well as July 2018 we held public exhibitions at Richmond University to display our plans and give our neighbours the opportunity to meet the project team and provide their feedback.

To download a copy of the latest newsletter sent to residents in September 2018, please click here.

To download a copy of the proposals displayed at the public exhibition in July 2018, please click here.

Please sign up to our mailing list (below) to receive updates through email.

If you have any questions or would like to meet with the team please do not hesitate to contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

We will continue to meet with neighbours and stakeholders to consult on our proposals.



We understand the impact of construction on our neighbours and as a responsible developer we are giving careful consideration to those living and working close to the site to protect neighbouring amenity during the construction of the development.

We want to work with our neighbours and have appointed construction logistics experts to produce a Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) and Demolition Traffic Management Plan (DTMP) - details of these plans are included below. The works will take into consideration the guidance from the Code of Construction Practice published by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in April 2016.

Working Hours: Working hours will be agreed with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in consultation with Transport for London and the community. Guidance for permitted hours are typically 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. Works outside of these hours will require advance permissions from RBKC.

Dust and noise monitoring: Equipment will be set up at key locations across the site to monitor noise and dust. Works that exceed noise limits will be halted and dust suppression will be controlled through damping down and screening.

Neighbourhood engagement: We are committed to working with our neighbours throughout construction. We will establish ongoing communications including newsletters and neighbourhood meetings, giving the community the opportunity to meet with the construction team.

Supporting local communities: We will support the communities where we work by providing local employment opportunities, apprenticeships and training schemes. We believe it’s essential to pass on our skills and expertise to the next generation.

Working with other developments locally: We will identify and work with other development sites locally to ensure that a joint up and well managed approach is taken to development locally.

Considerate Constructors Scheme: The site will sign up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme. A national initiative set up by the Construction Industry to improve its image and implement a code designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

Construction Traffic Management Plan & Demolition Traffic Management Plan

Following consultation with RBKC and the community through public exhibitions and meetings with near neighbours and groups, a Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) and Demolition Traffic Management Plan (DTMP) has been prepared for the site. 

The CTMP and DTMP form part of the planning application and outline the proposed access and construction vehicle management.

To view our draft CTMP please click here. To view our draft DTMP please click here.

To provide your feedback on the CTMP and DTMP, you can comment by clicking here.

Road and access management
Site deliveries will be between 9.30am and 3pm Monday to Friday during school term time (outside school term times deliveries and collections will be between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday), and these will be controlled by 4 full time trained Traffic Marshals, in accordance with the agreed “Pedestrian and Coordinated Traffic Management Plan”.

Along the agreed route, a School Crossing Patrol Officer will be used only for the safe direction of school children during key times. Three Traffic Marshals will ensure the safety of pedestrians and all other road users using the vehicle routes. The fourth Traffic Marshal will direct all vehicles visiting the site, ensure that all vehicle movements are carried out safely and all loading and unloading occurs within the site boundary.

All deliveries will be booked in before their planned arrival and all delivery drivers will ring the site 30 minutes prior to arriving to confirm the loading area is clear, this will be agreed with all contractors.

The proposed traffic route to the site has been selected to minimise impact on surrounding roads and provide the most direct route to the site:

Kensington High Street → Victoria Road → St.Albans Grove → South End → Heythrop

For more information about construction traffic management, please click here.

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08081 644 576

Public Consultation (Cascade)
26 Noel Street