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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    Planes in Ladbroke Grove                                                                                                                                                                  photoBECKET



    The Ladbroke Association 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 Association was successful in opposing the proposals, and the trees remain. 

    The objectives of the Association are set out in its constitution.








(including Amendments of 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1993)



NAME The name of the Society shall be The Ladbroke Association.

OBJECTS The objects of the Society shall be to promote and encourage the following objects by charitable means but not otherwise:

a) To encourage and promote high standards of architecture and town planning within the Ladbroke Estate Conservation Area

b) To stimulate and promote public interest in, and care for the beauty, history, and character of the neighbourhood

c) To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest.

provided that the Association shall not join or be affiliated with any political party.

MEMBERSHIP Membership shall be open to all persons who are interested in the aims of the Society. Membership shall lapse if the subscription be unpaid six months after it is due.

SUBSCRIPTIONS The minimum annual subscription shall be fixed by resolution at the Annual General Meeting and shall be payable on or before the 1st April in each year.

MEETINGS An Annual General Meeting shall be held in or about June of each year to receive the Executive Committee’s report and audited accounts, and to elect Officers and members of the Committee. The Committee shall decide when ordinary meetings of the Society shall be held, and shall give at least 14 days notice of such meetings to all members. Special General Meetings of the Society shall be held at the request of 20 or more members. 10 members personally present shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Society.

OFFICERS Nominations for the election of Officers shall be submitted to the Honorary Secretary at least two days before the Annual General meeting. Such nominations shall be made in writing, supported by a seconder, and the written consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. The proposer and the seconder must be paid-up members of the Society. The Officers of the Society shall consist of Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. These offices may be set aside or combined if so approved by resolution at the Annual General Meeting. The Chairman shall be elected for a period of 3 years. All other officers shall relinquish their office every year, and shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting.

COMMITTEE The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and not more than 12 further members. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt further members who shall attend in an advisory and non-voting capacity.

Nominations for election to the Executive Committee shall be made at least two days before the Annual General Meeting. They must be in writing, supported by a seconder, and the consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. The proposer and seconder must be paid-up members of the Society. If the nominations exceed the number of vacancies a ballot shall take place. Members of the Committee shall be elected for a period of 3 years. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for running the affairs of the Society, and may take decisions on its behalf. A quorum for Meetings of the Executive Committee shall consist of three members.

VICE-CHAIRMAN At the first meeting of the Committee after the Annual General Meeting the Committee shall elect one member of the Committee to be Vice-Chairman for the year.

APPEALS The Executive Committee shall have power to make appeals, solicit donations and canvass monies for carrying out the objects of the Society.

EXPENSES OF ADMINISTRATION The Executive Committee shall out of the monies received by the Society pay all proper expenses of administration and management of the Society, and shall use the residue of such monies as it thinks fit for or towards the objects of the Society.

INVESTMENT All monies at any time belonging to the Society and not required for immediate application for its objects shall be invested by the Executive Committee upon such investments, securities or property as it may think fit, but so that monies subject or representing property subject to the jurisdiction of the Charity Commissioners or of the Minister of Education and Science shall only be invested in such securities as may for the time being be prescribed by the law.

BORROWING The Executive Committee may borrow for the objects of the Society such monies at such rate of interest and in such a manner as it may think fit.

AMENDMENTS The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual or Special General meeting, provided that ten days’ notice has been sent to all members, and provided that nothing therein contained shall authorise any amendment permitting the expenditure of funds of the Society on any object which is not a charitable object.

WINDING UP In the event of the winding up of the Association, the available funds of the Association shall be transferred to such one or more charitable bodies having objects similar or reasonably similar to those herein before declared, as may be chosen by the Executive Committee, and approved by the Charity Commissioners of England and Wales.

(Revised 1993) 

©The Ladbroke Association
Last Revised:17/04/2009









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 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 (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 Bestick, 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: Peter Chapman 
Hon Treasurer: Paul Bastick 
Hon Secretary: Anne Chorley 

Kay Broadbent 
Cllr David Campion (Pembridge ward councillor)

Tom Crofts

Catherine Faulks
Sandra Kamen
David Marshall 

Jane Martineau
Peter Mishcon 
Malcolm Pawley 
Peggy Post

Tony Temple 

Newsletter Editor: Sophia Lambert 






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

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 and the Pembridge Association..






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 initiates) discussion with the planning authorities on wider questions of conservation and amenity policy, and is regularly consulted by the Council. Its biggest campaign has been for better treatment of those unfortunate enough to live next door to a property where a major basement development is taking place. It has 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 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, 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.





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.





Chairman: contact
Hon. Secretary: contact
Hon. Treasurer: contact
Newsletter Editor: contact


This page was last updated 25.3.2019.