About the Ladbroke Association
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• Foundation of the Association
• Annual General Meeeting
FOUNDATION OF THE ASSOCIATION
CONSTITUTION OF THE THE LADBROKE ASSOCIATION
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. Everyone who is a resident of the Ladbroke Conservation Area should be a member of the Association so that their views may be heard in the debate on continuing issues in the area.
Membership Application Form
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: Graham Child
Vice Chairman: Peter Chapman
Hon Treasurer: Paul Bastick
Hon Secretary: Anne Chorley
Cllr David Campion (Pembridge ward councillor)
Cllr Catherine Faulks (Norland 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 email@example.com or on our blog at www.ladbrokeassociation.blogspot.com
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 Gate 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 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 planning page.
The Association also arranges activities for members, including an annual guided tour of some of the communal gardens in the area; a Christmas 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 the buildings [link to come] in the area and about its history and architecture [link to history page to come].
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. One of the exhibits was the poster below picturing a number of streetscapes in the area. The original copy of the poster is a 40Mb jpg file and is too large to put up on this website, but click on the picture below for a 1.43 Mb pdf file. A high quality copy of the
poster may be purchased from the Ladbroke Association for £40. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Current Planning Applications
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. See Newsletters
The Ladbroke Association website was created by David Campion in 2001 in order to provide both an accessible public profile of the Association and a means for disseminating information about the Association and its activities.
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