Wassailing 2015

On Friday 27th February their will be a free Wassailing Party in Camley Street from 4pm to 8pm and you are invited. There will be organic food and non-alcoholic drinks, live entertainment and, of course, Wassailing to wake up the apple trees. Do come along, it’s a very relaxed and fun event, neighbours of all ages welcome.

We’ll also be there to launch some exciting ideas we have for the redvelopment of Camley Street.

Camley Street Wassail Party 2015

Camley Street Wassail Party 2015

Our Neighbourhood Plan is taking shape

Three teams of Masters Degree students from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London are helping us develop the Neighbourhood Plan for the Camley Street Area. The three themes the teams are concentrating on are:

  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Community facilities and social infrastructure

They visited the Camley Street Area in January and walked around the neighbourhood with us to try and get a real sense of what it’s like to live here.  We also gave them information from previous neighbourhood forum meetings. They are now collecting reference information (mostly National, London and Camden planning regulations and policy), doing research into our options, and developing some proposals. We should have draft versions of their reports available by March. More news then.

Walking and Cycling Improvements to road junctions between Pancras Rd Rail Bridge, Goods Way, Camley St, Pancras Rd, and Midland Rd

Camden Council is considering improving pedestrian and cycling facilities in our neighbourhood and is consulting residents and businesses about how best to deliver that objective.

A large part of Camden Council is moving this summer into a new building at 5 Pancras Square, King’s Cross. Apart from Council offices, the new building will also house a leisure centre and library, both of which will be available to the public. This building together with other developments in the vicinity are expected to attract a high volume of employees and visitors.

We want to improve the area for pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport who will travel to and from the new buildings at Kings Cross. Improvements will also benefit those accessing St Pancras International Station, National Rail and London underground stations at Kings Cross.

Camden Council have published details of their initial proposals on WeAreCamden where you can find details and plan drawings of the proposed changes.

Send your responses to the below address by 29 August 2014 to:

London Borough of Camden,
Culture and Environment Directorate,
Transport Strategy Service,
5th floor
5 Pancras Square

Planning Application for 101 Camley Street – 2014/4385/P

The details of the application are:
Application Number: 2014/4385/P (see the application documents and plans here)
Registered date: 4 July 2014 (documents published 9 July)
Consultation Expiry Date: 25 July 2014
Type: Full Planning Permission
Address: 101 Camley Street, London NW1 0PF
Proposal: Demolition of existing building and redevelopment for a mixed use building ranging from 4 -11 storeys comprising 2,220sqm employment floorspace (Class B1), 121 residential flats, the provision of a pedestrian footbridge with disabled access over the Regent’s Canal, and associated landscaping and other works relating to the public realm.

Planning Application for 102 Camley Street – 2014/4381/P

The details of the application are:
Application Number: 2014/4381/P (see the application documents and plans here)
Registered date: 4 July 2014 (documents published on 9 July)
Consultation Expiry Date: 25 July 2014
Type: Full Planning Permission, Address: 102 Camley Street, London NW1 0PF
Proposal: Demolition of existing warehouse building (Class B8) and redevelopment for a mixed use building ranging from 8-12 storeys comprising 1,620sqm employment floorspace (Class B1), 154 residential flats, the provision of a public ramp access to the Regents Canal towpath, and associated landscaping and other works relating to the public realm.


Camley Street Farm opens this weekend (14 & 15 June)

As part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend festival this weekend 14& 15 June we’re launching CamleyStreetFarm


Be part of our new vision and let’s make Camley Street the greenest in the city together!

Under the Localism Act, a community can come together and plan what will happen in their area. On Camley Street the residents and businesses have formed the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum and we are busy developing our plan. Part of our vision is to make Camley Street the greenest street in Central London by integrating agriculture, manufacturing and digital technology together.

To achieve this we will continue to expand the food growing areas on Camley Street interweaving it around and over the manufacturing units. We also believe we can develop real jobs tending these areas with enough income being generated by selling the produce to self-fund the jobs. This food growing enterprise we have named Camley Street Farm

What is for sale today has be grown or been produced from things grown on Camley Street and the income generated will pay for Saturday jobs that have tended and developed the produce.

We really hope that you like what we are doing and thank you for your support and custom. If you buy from Camley Street Farm, you support the sustainable future!


Second YourShout Public Exhibition

The owners of 101 and 102 Camley Street have engaged public reations company Your Shout to present their development proposals for the two sites at a second public exhibition on:

  • Tuesday 10 June at the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children,
    105 Camley Street, London N1C 4PF

    • 4:15pm to 6:45pm = exhibition
    • 7:00pm to 8:00pm = Q&A session

You should receive a YourShout Exhibition Invitation Leaflet telling you about this in the next few days.

Your Shout tell us that members of the development team will be there to answer any
questions and talk through the detailed proposals.  They also plan to hold a Q and A session straight after the public exhibition at 7pm until 8pm.

We’ll be very interested to see and hear how they have responded to our comments and concerns from their first exhibition on 6 March our comments and concerns from their first exhibition on 6 March.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Our AGM on Thursday was attended by about thirty-five members and all three of our Camden Councillors: Cllr Sumata Khatoon, Cllr Peter Brayshaw and Cllr Roger Robinson.

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We were also pleased to welcome Jasper Cuppiage of Camden Brewery  who told us about his ambition to move Camden Brewerys company headquarters to Camley Street with 45 jobs and the latest technology in brewing.Camden Town Brewery logo

Jasper also presented two posters showing an artists impression of their proposed development of 102 Camley Street and some of the history of Camden Brewery since it brewed its first pint in 2010.

David Powell (resident member) gave un update on the forum’s progress and achievements so far:

  • Creating the forum and getting us recognised by Camden Council
  • Lobbying to get the HS1/HS2 link cancelled
  • Creating a green agenda for Camley Street
  • Work so far on our neighboyurhood plan and shaping the future development of Camley street.

This was followed by the election of the committee.  Thirteen individuals volunteered to join the managing committee and were elected (seven members who live in the Camley Street area and six individuals who work here). They are:
Chair: David Powell (Resident), Secretary: Peter McGinty (Resident), Treasurer: John Hayes (Daily Fish). Members: Ahmed Waza (Richmond Laundries), Alex Smith (Alara), Christian Spencer-Davies (Amodels), David Royston-Lee (Resident), Farra Pedley (Resident), Kay Lacey (Resident), Marrio Raggio (IMS of Smithfield), Paul Matthew (Fashshot), Richard Cotton (Resident), Valerie Barnett (Resident).

For more details of the meeting read the AGM minutes.

There were then three ’round-table’ discussions on:

  1. Identifying Neighbourhood Hotspots
  2. Establishing our Environmental Principles and Priorities
  3. Camden Brewery as an alternative development for 102 Camley Street.

More news on all of those soon.

Planning Application for King’s Cross Taxi Club Café

The King’s Cross Taxi Club Café located in the car park of Bookers Cash & Carry has applied for retrospective planning permission and you can find all the details on Camden’s website at 2014/3142/P.

The background is that although when the Café moved into to Bookers car park at the end of 2012 with the full permission and agreement of Bookers, neither Bookers nor the Café applied to Camden for planning permission.  That omission is now being rectified. Continue reading