The St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Plan has reached the stage of ‘independent examination’. This follows the 6 week ‘publicity period’ during which Kensington and Chelsea Council published the Draft Plan on its website and invited further comments. This consultation ended on July 16th 2015.

The Draft Plan and supporting documents, along with responses to the final consultation exercise, can be found on the RBKC website or

The Draft Plan is currently being reviewed by independent examiner John Parmiter FRICS MRTPI. His role is to ensure that the Plan, with any modifications that he considers necessary, meets the ‘basic conditions’ for a neighbourhood plan as set down in the 2011 Localism Act.

His examination will include a public hearing, to be held on Tuesday 22nd September 2015  at 10am. The venue is St Helens Church (rear part of the church itself), St Helens Gardens W10 6LP.

The purpose of the session will be for John Parmiter to ask questions of interested parties (the Council, the StQW Forum, and a selection of participants invited by the Examiner). While held in public, there will not be an opportunity for general discussion of the Draft Plan or its individual policy proposals.

John Parmiter has prepared an agenda for the public hearing which can be downloaded.  This gives approximate timings when specific issues will be explored with participants at the session.  Provision has also been made to extend the hearing to Wednesday 23rd September should this prove necessary.

Subject to the agreement of the Examiner, the StQW Draft Plan will then be voted on at a local referendum. If supported by a majority, the neighbourhood plan will be adopted by the Council and its policies used in deciding on planning applications in the StQW neighbourhood area.