The Knightsbridge Partnership have made three funding applications in July to access the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) available from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea obtain Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) via a charge levied on new development in the borough. 15% of the CIL obtained is apportioned as Neighbourhood CIL (NCIL). This allocation is to be spent on local priorities identified by local communities and agreed by ward councillors.
Through consultation pre pandemic, the top borough wide community priorities identified by respondents were:
- Air Quality
- Policing resources and Emergency Services
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Community Safety
Each ward also featured specific priorities to align with their individual requirements. Once applications are received within the NCIL application window, these are managed by Planning and Place at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Once reviewed against the local priorities the projects are considered by ward councillors.
The Knightsbridge Partnership submitted three applications. The third and final application focused on the delivery of a public realm condition audit focused on accessing the quality of the street furniture and heritage assets in the public realm. The audit conducted via a qualified heritage planning consultant will produce a digital directory and map of the Ward Heritage features and street furniture. The audit will enable the Knightsbridge Partnership to work with partners including the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to develop an action plan to revitalise the heritage assets and highlight the rich history of the Brompton Road.
In addition, the project will explore opportunities to enhance greening and planting along the Brompton Road to improve the visitor experience.
Knightsbridge Partnership is awaiting the result of the funding application.