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.
Documents included with the application worth looking at are
- Supporting Statement
As well as lots of yawn-inducing ‘planning’ verbiage this also includes info about history of the business, its customers and the jobs it creates.
- Noise Assessment
Contains accurate measurements of the noise in Camley St and an aerial map showing the exact location of the Café within Bookers car park.
- Drawings and Plan
Drawings of the Café cabin.
I met with Gavin Tresidder, the owner the Café in late March, shortly after we discovered it was operating without planning permission. We had a straightforward conversation and both agreed that, now that the omission had been discovered, planning permission should be applied for ASAP. Hence this application.
According to the application the customers of the Café are predominantly “local Black Cab drivers; staff at the Booker warehouse; local workers and residents; and Metropolitan and British Transport Police”. I’ve checked several times now at different times of the day and can confirm that that is correct. The Café is open 24 hours and I think the fact that Police often spend their breaks in Camley St makes the neighbourhood a lot safer, especially at night. Plus of course the Café has toilet facities which means no more cab drivers pi**ing in the bushes!
The only downside I can think of is the noise. The scientific measurements look OK and confirm that car/taxi noise is modest compared to the pre-existing HGV noise, but becase I don’t live in that part of the Camley St Area I can’t say what it feels like to live with it.
Overall I think the Café makes a positive contribution to the neighbourhood and it’s application should be supported.