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 103 Camley Street – Details of brown roof (condition 15)

Planning application: 2014/3011/P
Type: Approval of Details, Address: 103 Camley Street, London NW1 0PF
Ward: St Pancras & Somers Town

Proposal: Details of brown roof (condition 15) of planning permission granted on 30/03/2012 (ref: 2011/5695/P for the demolition of existing industrial buildings (Class B1c & B8) and the erection of a building ranging from 4-12 storeys to create a mixed use development comprising 307 x student units accommodation (Class Sui-Generis) including student cycle store; 14 x 2-bed, 15 x 3-bed and 11 x 4-bed self contained residential flats (Class C3); incubator business units comprising 1,653sqm floorspace (Class B1); 2 x retail units of 406sqm (Class A1/A3).
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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

Planning Application for 103 Camley Street – improvements to public realm and canal footpath

Planning application: 2014/3081/P
Type: Approval of Details, Address: 103 Camley Street London NW1 0PF
Proposal: Details pursuant to condition 21C (Remediation details) following planning permission granted 30/3/2012 (2011/5695/P) for the demolition of existing industrial buildings (Class B1c & B8) and the erection of a building ranging from 4-12 storeys to create a mixed use development comprising 307 x student units accommodation (Class Sui-Generis) including student cycle store; 14 x 2-bed, 15 x 3-bed and 11 x 4-bed self contained residential flats (Class C3); incubator business units comprising 1,653sqm floorspace (Class B1); 2 x retail units of 406sqm (Class A1/A3) and associated works and improvements to public realm including canal footpath.
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Planning Application for 103 Camley Street – Landscaping Details

Planning application: 2014/3079/P
Type: Approval of Details, Address: 103 Camley Street London NW1 0PF
Proposal: Details pursuant to condition 13 (landscaping details) following planning permission granted 30/3/2012 (2011/5695/P) for the demolition of existing industrial buildings (Class B1c & B8) and the erection of a building ranging from 4-12 storeys to create a mixed use development comprising 307 x student units accommodation (Class Sui-Generis) including student cycle store; 14 x 2-bed, 15 x 3-bed and 11 x 4-bed self contained residential flats (Class C3); incubator business units comprising 1,653sqm floorspace (Class B1); 2 x retail units of 406sqm (Class A1/A3) and associated works and improvements to public realm including canal footpath.
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First Planning Application for 101 Camley Street

The first planning application for 101 Camley Street has been submitted by the developers and has been published Camden Council’s website as planning appllication reference 2014/2674/P and as with the recent planning application for 102 Camley Street this asks for a decision as to whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required.

It only took a few days for Camden to decide that, in both cases, an EIA is not required.

Planning Application for 103 Camley Street – Details of terraces

Planning application: 2014/2919/P
Type: Approval of Details, Address: 103 Camley Street London NW1 0PF
Proposal: Details of roof terraces as required by condition 3d of planning permission 2011/5695/P dated 30/03/2012 for erection of 4-12 storey mixed use development.
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Planning Application for 103 Camley Street – Windows and gates

Planning application: 2014/2796/P
Type: Approval of Details, Address: 103 Camley Street London NW1 0PF
Proposal: Discharge of condition 3c (details including sections at 1:10 of all windows, aluminium panels, ventilation grills, external doors and gates) relating to the gates pursuant to granted planning permission reference 2011/5695/P dated 30/03/12 (mixed use development comprising student accommodation, self contained residential flats and incubator business space).
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First Planning Application for 102 Camley Street

The first planning application for 102 Camley Street was published today, Friday 11 April, as application number 2014/2550/P on Camden’s website – click on this to go directly to it.

The exact words on the planning application that it is a “Request for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion for the demolition of existing warehouse building and the construction of a new mixed use building comprising ground plus 12 storeys of accommodation above ground and 2 basement levels providing a total floor space of approximately 17,000 GEA.”

What this means is that the developer is asking Camden to say whether or not it wants it (the developer) to produce an EIA before it demolishes the existing ‘Marigold’ building and replaces it with a 12 storey building.

Putting in a request like this is not a mandatory part of the planning process so for example no EIA request was submitted for 103 Camley Street.  But not asking if one will be required runs the risk that it will be asked for some time later in the project, possibly at a much less convenient moment.

The laws governing EIA’s and when they are and are not required are in the town & Country Planning regulations 2011 (I think) but these give the local planning authority considerable discretion. Normally EIA’s are only requested when the site being developed is larger than 0.5 Hectares (5000 square metres) or when the site has some special value such as being a site of special scientific interest or a centre of particular economic activity. So it seems unlikely that Camden would ordinarily request one.

In this case therefore it might seem that Camden would not be likely to request one but there are a few additional factors:

  • The site borders the regents Canal and therefore redeveloping it will affect the flora and fauna that inhabit those borders.
  • Ditto for the railway sidings it backs onto.
  • Although the site is of itself less than 0.5 Hectare it is part of a set of sites have been or are likely to be developed within the short term, and all managed by the same promoter. Those sites are 103 Camley Street (now nearly complete), 102 Camley Street (this proposal), 101 Camley Street (plans and proposals exhibited at the same event on 6 March 2014) and 104 Camley Street (‘coloured in’ on the maps displayed at the same public exhibition). Collectively this is easily more than 0.5 Hectare.
  • Additionally, considered as a set of sites, three of the four sites have canal frontages and two border railway sidings so the points about local flora and fauna apply multiply
  • Within the context of the Act the work ‘environmental’ also means to include social and economic effects so the fact that this project will reduce jobs in the area is a relevant factor.

I spoke briefly with the case officer in Camden Planning Department and asked what normally happened in response to these requests and he told me that apart from making the request public on the Camden.gov.org website (which is done) they do not normally publicise it beyond that or actively seek comment – but it would be perfectly reasonably to submit comments if that was desired. The closing date for comments is 21 days after the application was made and as that was 4 April the closing date is 21 April.

So do we have opinions to give?

Feedback from YourShout Public Exhibition on March 6

The response to our email asking for feedback and comments following the public exhibition held by the developers of 101 and 102 Camley Street was fantastic.  Lots of you responded and some in quite a bit of detail.  We’ve now collected and edited all these comments together into a single document and publisghed it here.

The document represents the consensus summary of the opinions, comments, suggestions and proposals of the residents and businesses in the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Area and its  headline messages are:

  •  102 Camley Street (Marigold)
    This is the wrong type of development for the location. We therefore object in principle to the proposed development and its associated change of use.
  • 101 Camley Street (DPD)
    The proposed change of use of 101 Camley Street from exclusively light industrial to predominantly residential is appropriate and welcomed.

If after reading this you have more comments or you haven’t commented yet and would now like to – please email info at camleystreet.org.uk – it’s definitley not to late.

IMPORTANT – if you have sent comments directly to the developer, either on the forms they distributed or in an email, then please send those comments again to info@CamleyStreet.org.uk – if you don’t we won’t see what you have said and won’t be able to take your opinion into account.

Planning Application for St Pancras Mortuary extension

Application number 2014/0375/P

Details required by condition 4 (sample of materials) and 5 (equipment details and noise level) to planning permission 2013/3571/P granted on 22/08/2013 for works of alteration and extension to mortuary (Class D1) to provide new public entrance in St Pancras Gardens, replacement windows, vehicle entrance door, and enclosure of parking area on Camley Street, installation of solar panels and relocation of extract flues at roof level, and addition of 1x off street parking bay on Camley Street.

Application withdrawn.

Planning Application for St Pancras Mortuary extension

Application number 2013/3571/P

Works of alteration and extension to mortuary (Class D1) to provide new public entrance in St Pancras Gardens, replacement windows, vehicle entrance door, and enclosure of parking area on Camley Street, installation of solar panels and relocation of extract flues at roof level, and addition of 1x off street parking bay on Camley Street.

Application granted 22 august 2103.