Kensington hotel plans set for judicial review

A CGI of a high-res clear windowed multi-storeyed building with offices in Kensington

Council fighting mayor’s decision to call in plans for new 749-room Forum hotel.

Queensgate Investments and Rockwell Property’s plans for the Kensington Forum hotel, which include 340 serviced apartments and 46 homes, were originally rejected by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) but were later called in by Sadiq Khan on grounds they would contribute to the borough’s housing targets.

RBKC has now applied for a judicial review into the legality of the grounds for the mayor’s decision to call in the plans, rather than the decision itself, stating that Khan made “a material error of fact” in assessing that the number of homes delivered in RBKC in 2016-17 was 153 instead of the true figure of 319.

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