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
Over the last couple of 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. The Royal Borough has been faced with a huge increase in planning applications and is less able than in the past to resist determined pressure from developers. So the Association’s role has never been more important, and 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 in the area.
Please click here for a membership form. Please print it and send the completed form to:
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.
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: Peter Chapman
Hon Treasurer: Paul Bastick
Hon Secretary: Anne Chorley
Cllr David Campion (Pembridge ward councillor)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the News, views 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, the Pembridge Association and the Notting Hill Improvements Group.
The Association receives notices of planning applications and inspects, discusses and comments on those which affect the Ladbroke area in any significant way. In addition, the Association has been involved in (and sometimes initiates) discussion with the planning authorities on wider questions of conservation policy, on which it is regularly consulted by the Council. Its biggest campaign has been fpr better treatment of those unfortunate enough to live next door to a property where a major basement development is taking place. It is also currently engaged in 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 also arranges 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, most recently in autumn 2012 when our chairman, Thomas Pakenham, gave a lecture on Remarkable Trees of Ladbroke. 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.
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.
A newsletter is periodically circulated free to members, informing them of current activities and plans affecting the neighbourhood and giving advice on particular aspects of conservation and planning. Click here for past newsletters.
Hon. Secretary: contact
Hon. Treasurer: contact
Newsletter Editor: contact
This page was last updated 19.3.2016.