HEYTHROP COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT
The redevelopment of Heythrop College, which borders the Kensington Court area, was the latest project that threatened to have a major impact on the lives of residents of our neighbourhood. The developers gained approval for their project on 27 November 2018, despite our opposition. However the London Deputy Mayor, Jules Pipe, interjected and refused to allow planning permission. Read an article in the Guardian - www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/23/london-deputy- mayor-rejects-luxury-caviar-care-homes-scheme
Heythrop College is a quiet, secluded enclave in this corner of Kensington. Its main college building is on the south side of Kensington Square. Behind it is a large garden and sports area, surrounded by a range of buildings, including a rather ugly block of student accommodation. You reach the garden via a very narrow entrance at the south-east corner of the site. So, it's off the beaten track which has helped preserve its picturesque, tranquil atmosphere. Heythrop was a theological college and part of London University. But it struggled for a while and in 2015 its owners, the Jesuits, decided to close it and sell the 5½ acre site. Last year it was bought by developers Auriens/Westbourne Capital for £110 million. In September 2018 they put in their revised planning application – and it created a lot of controversy among local residents. The planners have now withdrawn their application - but watch this space!
The KCRA accepts that the Heythrop site will be developed and is looking forward to a project that matches the size and nature of this charming site, maintaining the diversity of this community.