Building homes and jobs in Camley Street

As part of our work on the Camley Street neighbourhood plan we have been talking to architects, planners, designers and others about how the future development of our neighbourhood can be shaped by the people who actually live and work here rather than outside property developers buying up the land and then presenting us with their vision for it’s future. As a result of a lot of discussions, meetings and simple hard graft we’ve grown the idea of creating a non-profit community led property development company from the germ of an idea into something that’s now attracting serious interest.

Those of you that have attended past events and meetings will have seen the outline of these ideas about how to provide truly affordable housing and seen how they have grown over the past couple of years into something that’s now mature enough to present to the world. A few weeks ago we made the decision to invite the Camden New Journal to meet with us and they published their report under the headline “Housing move that leaves out profit-hungry developers”

Camely Street Annual Wassailing Party

This year or annual wassailing party to ‘wake up’ the trees and plants in time for spring is on Friday February 10th and all Camley Street neighbours are invited so do come along. There will be live music, a tombola, tours of the orchard, children’s activities, a bonfire, and of course food and drink.

Actually wassailing around the apple trees to wake up them up is very enjoyable but fortunately not mandatory so if you just want to come and enjoy the vibe, meet a few neighbours (more each year), and generally have a fun few hours then do drop in, it’s a very relaxed and fun event, neighbours of all ages and vintages welcome.

Resident Questionnaire for our Neighbourhood Plan

Over the next couple of days you should receive a leaflet and a survey questionnaire from us and we hope you can find the time to fill it in and return it as the answers you give are going to be very important in determining how Camley Street is redeveloped over the next few years.

If you’d prefer to do the survey online rather than on paper then you’ll find an interactive copy here

If you have any questions then email us at: info at or meet us on Sunday 6th September – we’ll on Barker Drive just opposite the Garden Centre – with spare leaflets and brollies if it’s raining!

Planning application – 2015/1833/P – 30 Camden Street and 67-72 Plender St

Additional details relating to:

30 Camden Street to provide a 3-4 storey block for 14 selfcontained flats

67-72 Plender Street to provide two 4-5 storey blocks for a new Class D1 community centre, replacement Class A1 retail units and 31 selfcontained flats; plus new public open space next to Bayham Place.

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Planning Application – 2014/5736/P – Towpath south of 102 Camley Street

Minor works to link the proposed cycle ramp at 102 Camley Street (as proposed under current application ref: 2014/4381/P) to the Regent Canal Towpath and associated planting and landscaping works along the towpath.

So really this is just an adjunct to the main application 2014/4381/P for 102 Camley Street.


Planning Application – 15-20 Baynes Street – change of use

Application Number: 2014/4321/P
Type: GPDO Prior Approval Class J Change of use B1 to C3
Address: Bruges Place, First Floor, 15-20 Baynes Street, London NW1 0TF

This application is for a change of use from office space to residential apartments.  Not really a surprise this one as the offices have been underused (empty?) for some time.

Proposal: Change of use from office (Class B1a) to 29 residential units (C3) on the first floor.
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Planning Application – 7 St Pancras Way – change of use

Application Number: 2014/4684/P
Type: Variation or Removal of Condition(s)
Address: 7 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PB

This planning application is interesting in that it shows what often happens with new buildings that gained planning permission by claiming to be building space for new businesses – shortly after construction they apply for a change of use from ‘work/office’ to ‘residential’.  They do this because it’s easier to get planning permisssion for a new build if they include space for new businesses and then apply for a change of use to residential than it is to apply for residential in the first instance.

Perhaps we shouldn’t blame developers for doing this.  It is after all a symptom of the nature of our planning laws and processes.  Rather than criticise the developer perhaps we should devote more time to fixing the root causes?

Proposal: Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) of planning permission 2013/2377/P dated 10/10/2013 (for change of use of front building from office and live work to office and residential, and rear building to residential, with associaqted alterations and extensions) namely replacement of proposed dormer to rear roofslope of front building with 4x rooflights, change of roof materials to front building from black metal cladding to slate, and minor changes to openings.
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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 – 2014/4871/P – St. Pancras Cruising Club

The proposal is to demolish the existing clubhouse and rebuild a new single storey clubhouse, boundary fencing and associated visiting boaters’ facilities.
Find the full application at
To quote from the application:
“The new clubhouse is proposed to be a timber clad structure of simple pitched form, relating to the adjacent dry dock building. The scale of the building will be similar to the existing, as advised by Camden Planning officers in early consultations.
The eaves line has been kept to 3.25m above the canalside level and the ridge below 4.8m above this level. This ensures the view of the Waterpoint building is maintained when seen from the canal as at present.
The canalside elevation of the new clubhouse has been made as open as possible whilst retaining necessary security for a building which is not always in use but located in a semi-public area. The door on this side is glazed and has a generous glazed side panel, serving a waiting area where club members can sit and enjoy the
canal scene. An integrated seat on this elevation folds down when needed, animating the facade with a place to sit right on the towpath.
To the garden and basin side, the building is opened up further with glazed doors to connect the main clubroom with the garden and terrace. A fabric awning is proposed to cover the terrace which provides another opportunity to introduce colour to the design.
Painted shutters are used all around the building to provide security when the building is unoccupied. The shutters will be a feature of the building, with delightful
cutout details and painted surfaces in contrast to the plainer treatment of the cladding. The existing flagpole will be relocated to the side of the new clubhouse”
The pictures of the proposal look good and fit well with the enviornment so seems to be a positive improvement.

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.


Camden’s ‘West End Project’ for the future of Tottenham Court Road

Camden council’s proposed West End project will transform the Tottenham Court Road area, making it safer and more attractive for residents, boosting business and creating new public spaces.

The one-way system will be replaced with two-way tree-lined streets, some protected cycle lanes and new public space. The scheme will reduce congestion and pollution, widen pavements and make bus journeys quicker.

Camden have secured £26 million of investment to improve Camden’s West End. The improvements will unlock the area’s potential, boosting business and creating new public spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy.

Have your say

Camden Council are seeking views on the proposals, a public consultation started on 9 June and will run until 18 July 2014.

  • Share your views and find further details on the proposals to improve the West End in Camden online at
  • Visit a public exhibition about the project at the Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT until 11 July. On Monday 7 July (5pm to 8pm), council officers will be at the exhibition to answer your questions about the project
  • View and fill in hard copies of the consultation documents at Holborn library or St Pancras library.