Planning Cases

Current and existing planning applications (February-April 2021)

An application by a 5G mobile network for aerials on Monmouth House, Raglan Street, has been turned down. An appeal gone to the Planning Inspector.

And an additional storey of student accommodation – Stay House, Holmes Road has been turned down and gone to appeal.
 
Pizza Express building work going ahead. The façade screening is due to come off and the building set to complete in the last quarter. The ground floor is a bespoke cinema.

And work is ongoing at the Old Carpetright building.

A&A Self Storage redevelopment

A&A Self Storage is currently working on new proposals for the redevelopment of its existing site at Greenwood Place, Kentish Town.

A&A has operated a self-storage facility at the site for many years and want to upgrade it to modern standards.

The draft proposals will involve the demolition of the existing building and its replacement with a new and modern self-storage facility.

Immediately in front of the proposed development site is the Highgate Centre, which is a property owned by Camden Council. There is an agreed planning permission here for 34 apartments and a social enterprise unit housed in a building ranging in height from five to seven storeys.

The draft proposals for the A&A site have been conceived to complement the existing and permitted buildings.

KTNF is meeting with the development team discussing how the proposed building fits in with the KTNF Plan.

A planning application is due to be submitted in the near future.

For more info: https://www.greenwoodplace.info/

KTNF responds to SEGRO Planning application for Spring Place (2020/5913/P)

Aerial view of SEGRO plans

The Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum remains unconvinced that the Spring Place site is suitable for B8 storage or distribution use.

It appreciates the extent to which SEGRO has engaged with the forum on its proposals.It objected to the proposed change of use from industrial (B2) to flexible industrial (B2) / storage or distribution (B8) as the surrounding area is predominantly residential, and includes 3 schools, a nursery and student housing.

It raised concerns around the proposed change of use with SEGRO including the impact of a potentially significant increase in vehicle movements on surrounding residential streets and the potential for intrusive noise at proposed early morning and late evening HGV delivery times, 7 days per week. SEGRO have not been able to address these concerns.

It raised the issue SEGRO’s assertion that the Kentish Town Planning Framework, suggesting that the Framework’s reference to ‘special servicing arrangements’ and ‘freight consolidation’ justifies the Spring Place proposals.

Furthermore, in relation to the future development of the Veolia site, which is opposite the application site, Policy SSP6 of the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan specifically refers to ‘Retention of existing employment space by creating new workspace for the creative sector to complement the creative businesses in nearby Spring Place’ – i.e., not B8 – storage or distribution.

It recorded concerns regarding the figures for the previous Addison Lee use are taken from Brockton Capital’s planning application. We cannot accept the reported Addison Lee vehicle movements as the premises were used solely for servicing of car taxis and small delivery vans, which we expect would have taken hours, not minutes, to complete for each vehicle.

The SEGRO / Vectos transport report suggests a route for larger heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) via Grafton Road and Queen’s Crescent. The Kentish Town Planning Framework (page 74) illustrates all of Grafton Road as part of the ‘London Cycle Network’. Camden’s Cycle Action Plan, within of the Transport Strategy, describes Grafton Road as part of Camden’s Strategic Cycle Network and it is shown as a proposed cycle ‘quietway’ making this road unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles.

The proposed change of use would also only add to early morning queues and congestion on Kentish Town Road whilst the clear intention of the Kentish Town Neighbourhood Plan and the Camden Climate Action Plan is to reduce and consolidate traffic.

For the reasons stated above The Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum is not able to give its support to the proposed change of use at 3-6 Spring Place.

https://accountforms.camden.gov.uk/planning-search/

Murphy Development

 
Murphy’s is looking to submit a planning application at the end of May. There will be another consultation in early May.

Watch out for details for that on the website: https://murphysyardconsultation.co.uk/consultation/

The Murphy team has asked us if we hear of other community groups who would benefit from a separate session – they have asked to contact them via the website.

For more information and statement:

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Key sites KTNF is tracking (2019/20)

Pizza Express building

There is planning permission to construct 12 new apartments and a cinema. Works had started on the site but these have stalled.

KTNF and many others supported this planning application. KTNF is keen to ensure that the building is redeveloped in line with the extant planning permission and it will do everything in its power to ensure a cinema is included within the new building.

The building was subsequently sold but the new owner of the building has indicated on a recent new planning application (to install an advertising hoarding on the site) that works should commence in the Spring of 2019.

Ex “Carpetright” store and William Hill betting shop

A planning application to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new building comprising a basement and ground floor retail unit, first floor offices and apartments above was successful.

KTNF supported this application. We understand that a “section 106 Agreement” has been concluded with Camden Council.

Further survey work carried out during 2018 has been completed to ensure the proposed basement works and pilings don’t disrupt the Northern Line tunnels which run below and adjacent to the site. We wait to see when and if the development will proceed.

Spring Place

Consent as given for the demolition of the Addison Lee service garage and replacement of a new building comprising flexible working space for up to 600 co-workers.

Addison Lee has now vacated the building though we don’t know when the owners will commence development.

KTNF supported the application, bringing sorely needed new work space into the area and replacing that lost in our area for example in Anglers Lane and Linton House on Highgate Road.

A further planning application was submitted to make some relatively minor changes to the internal layout and to some changes to the rear facade to meet the needs of Network Rail/TfL (the rear of the site lies adjacent to the London Overground).

Magnet Joinery site

The building has been demolished and new student accommodation is largely complete. This wasn’t supported by KTNF, local residents or Camden Council.

The developer has subsequently submitted a new application to add a further floor to the new building which has been opposed as being out of scale and context to the Inkerman Conservation Area.

Regis Road Industrial Area

Camden Council has adopted the policy for a comprehensive redevelopment of the area in the Neighbourhood Plan and incorporated it into its own “Local Plan”.

The ambition is that new employment space will be created (with no net loss of employment space and hopefully more) and relocated in the area creating space to construct new significant new housing.

Camden Council has been consulting to create a Planning Framework for the area (and for other the land owned by Murphy Construction) which will provide greater clarity of how the area should be re-developed. The work on this framework is expected to be completed in late 2019.

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Major developments which KTNF are tracking (2018)

At the AGM, the Deputy chair, Henry Herzberg outlined major developments in the Kentish Town area which KTNF are monitoring. These include:
KTNF-Leaflet-2__img_1-300x207Pizza Express – where there is planning permission to construct 12 new apartments and a cinema. Works had started on the site but these appear to have halted. KTNF and many others supported this planning application. KTNF is keen to ensure that the building is redeveloped in line with the extant planning permission and it will do everything in its power to ensure a cinema is included within the new building.

Ex “Carpetright” store and current William Hill betting shop – a planning application to demolish the exiting building and replace it with a new building comprising a basement and ground floor retail unit, first floor offices and apartments above was successful. KTNF supported this application. We understand that a “section 106 Agreement” was recently concluded with Camden Council and we wait to see if the development will proceed.

Castle Public House – only the front facing façade is to be retained. A steel frame is coming soon and we understand completion (of a building comprising offices for Ringley and apartments is due in Spring 2018.

Spring Place – consent for the demolition of the Addison Lee service garage and replacement of a new building comprising flexible working space for up to 600 co-workers.  Addison Lee has now vacated the building though we don’t know when the owners will commence development. KTNF supported the application, brining as it does, sorely needed new work space into the area and replacing that lost in our area for example in Anglers Lane and Linton House on Highgate Road

Magnet Joinery site – the building is to be demolished and new student accommodation is to be built. This wasn’t supported by KTNF, local residents or Camden Council.

Camden Road opposite Tesco – this is just inside our area and objections were raised on the proposed new building. The application was refused.

Regis Road Industrial Area – Camden Council have adopted the policy for a comprehensive redevelopment of the area in the Neighbourhood Plan and incorporated it into its own “Local Plan”. The ambition is that new employment space will be created (with no net loss of employment space and hopefully more) and relocated in the area creating space to construct new significant new housing. The area is to be designated as a “Growth Area” by Camden Council and Supplementary Planning Guidance will be issued (with input from local groups and people) which should provide greater clarity of how the area should be re-developed.

AA Storage Site – KTNF Treasurer, Paul Seviour, provided an update. The owner of the site carried out a consultation in 2016 about plans to demolish the existing storage building and the adjacent Camden Council owned Mental Health Centre and to replace it with 2 new buildings comprising new storage space, new offices and 62 residential apartments. Only 8 of the apartments are to be affordable. KTNF has indicated it would not support the scheme due to the lack of affordable housing, and to the height and massing of the scheme. A formal planning application has not been submitted.