The conservation and amenity society for the Ladbroke Conservation Area of the

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

  Charity No. 260627






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Map of the area


Streets: history and architecture


Listed buildings and Article 4 directions


Communal gardens


Opposing a planning application


Party wall matters




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    Planes in Ladbroke Grove         photoBECKET

    The Ladbroke Association is a conservation and amenity society which works to keep the Ladbroke area a special place for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. It was founded in 1969, in the same year as the designation of the Ladbroke
    Conservation area. The original impetus for the setting up of the Association was a proposal by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to cut down and replace the plane trees along the southern end of Ladbroke Grove. Led by the well-known architect and town-planner Robert Meadows and other local residents, including Sir Angus Stirling, later our president, the group was successful in opposing the proposals, and the trees remain. 

    The objectives of the Association are set out in its constitution. See also our Privacy policy.



    The association follows planning applications and liaises with the Council on matters of consrvation  and amenity. We send out a regular newsletter. We also try to help members on planning matters and organise occasional activities for members. Read more....



    We have a committee which meets monthly and we hold our annual general meeting in the summer. Read more...






    We welcome new members.



























Membership is open to all with an interest in the area, especially residents. We hope that as many residents as possible will join the Association. The annual subscription is £15, payable by 
standing order.

Over the last few decades, the value of property in the Ladbroke area has soared and money has poured into the area. Much of this money has gone to the restoration of dilapidated houses to their former glory. However, the financial boom in property has meant immense pressure on space. There have been cases of unsuitable dormer windows materialising to light improvised attic rooms; street views of communal gardens being sacrificed to building extensions; and attractive stucco shop-fronts being destroyed. Other issues such as pollution and how best to encourage greener transport have also come to the fore. So the Association’s role has never been more important. The bigger our membership, the more effective we can be. 
We are also concerned that we should reflect the views of the broad community who live in the area, so that everybody's views may be heard in the debate on continuing issues. 

Please click here for a membership form. Please print it and send the completed form (which includes a standing order instruction) to:

Paul Bastick

Hon. Treasurer

The Ladbroke Association

C/o 75a Ladbroke Grove

London W11 2PD

The form includes a Gift Aid Declaration form so that we can reclaim tax on your subscription.

If you prefer to set up a standing order online, please use your surname as the reference. Please complete the rest of the form and send it to Paul Bastick, so that we have your contact details and gift aid declaration.





    The Ladbroke Association is well aware that many of our members do not want their personal details to be generally known. We therefore take care to protect the privacy of members.

   The Association keeps on its files the following personal data about individual members:

  • Name and address;
  • Phone number and/or mobile phone number in cases where the member has provided one;
  • email address where the member has provided one;
  • Details of membership subscriptions the member has paid; and
  • Details of Gift Aid authorities the member has signed.

       In addition, when you have been in touch with us by email or telephone, we may retain your email and/or telephone number in cases where we did not have them already.

    Your personal data is stored and accessed by members of the Society’s committee on a need to know basis. The membership list with personal data is stored in electronic form on the computers of the Chairman and Treasurer (and Membership Secretary should we appoint one).

    We keep the information for as long as we deem necessary within the remit of the relevant legislation. Membership details and Gift Aid authorities will be retained for as long as you are a member. We may also need to keep financial information for a period of six financial years after the end of the financial year in which the transaction occurred so that we can respond to any enquiries from HM Revenue and Customs about our income or applications for Gift Aid.

    We use your personal information to send you the newsletter, Ladbroke News; to send you invitations to events organised by the Association, including the AGM; to communicate with you about your subscription or membership status; to get in touch with you when we think you may be able to assist the Association or when there is some planning or other issue of which we think you may wish to be aware; and (in the case of those who have signed up to our email alert system), to send you information about news and events which might be of interest. We do not give our membership list to anybody outside the committee and we do not give any personal information about our members to third parties without seeking your consent first.

    You have a right to ask us to tell you what information we hold about you at any time and to ask us to make corrections if information is incorrect or out of date. You can do this by writing to the chairman at the address above or to the Treasurer at 75A Ladbroke Grove W11 2PD or by emailing us at

You have a right to cancel your membership at any time and ask for your details to be removed from our mailing lists (although, as explained above, we may need to keep some data for a limited period so that we can respond to any enquiries from HMRC about our income or applications for Gift Aid).

    We will inform you if there is any data security breach.





The President of the Association is Thomas Pakenham. The work of the Association is directed by a committee of three officers (Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer) and up to twelve other members who are elected at the annual general meeting. There can also be co-opted members, usually councillors representing the two wards in which the Ladbroke Conservation Area lies, Norland and Pembridge. The current committee consists of: 

Chairman: Sophia Lambert 
Vice Chairman: Jane Martineau 
Hon Treasurer: Paul Bastick 
Hon Secretary: Anne Chorley 

Kay Broadbent 

Tom Crofts

Catherine Faulks
Sandra Kamen
David Marshall 

Peter Mishcon 
Malcolm Pawley 
Peggy Post

Nick Simmons

Tony Temple 

Newsletter Editor: Sophia Lambert 


Annual General Meeting

The Society’s annual general meeting is held in the summer. All members are invited and it provides a forum for members’ views although we also welcome views by letter or email at the News and events page for AGM date and minutes.



The Association is affiliated to the Kensington Society and the Civic Trust. It is the committee's policy to co-operate on matters of common interest with neighouring amenity societies such as the Norland Conservation Society and the Pembridge Association.





We maintain a close dialogue with the local Council on planning and development issues of interest to the area. We monitor all planning applications, making representations against those that we believe would adversely affect the character of the area. We welcome approaches from our members with concerns about particular planning applications (although the Association’s Committee makes its own judgements on individual cases). In addition, the Association has been involved in (and initiates) discussion with the planning authorities on wider questions of conservation and amenity policy, and is regularly consulted by the Council. It is not our aim to keep the asrea preserrved in aspic; we want to maintain the character of our precious buildings, terraces and gardens, but also to allow for good new modern architecture where appropriate..

We have also prepared an inventory of the streets and buildings in the area with a view to making recommendations to the Council and/or English Heritage on whether further buildings should be listed or be made subject to Article 4 directions removing permitted development rights.. See Streets page.

The Association arranges periodic activities for members, including accasional guided tours of some of the communal gardens in the area; an annual party in one of the houses in the area; and occasional public lectures. We also aim on this website to provide information about the conservation status of buildings in the area and about its history, as well as information and advice on planning issues, and we regularly give advice to individual members on planning issues.

In the early 2000s, the Association commissioned a full photographic archive of the area, a copy of which is in the Local Studies collection at the Kensington Central Library. The Association organised an exhibition of the best of the photographs on 16th-17th October 2007 at the Twentieth Century Theatre in Westbourne Grove. Many of the photographs taken as part of this project have been used on this website.

We circulate a periodic Newsletter  to members to inform them of current plans and activities affecting the area. We also have an email alert list to let members who sign up to it know about developments between newsletters. 





This page was last updated 30.5.2020.