Major developments which KTNF are tracking
At the AGM, the Deputy chair, Henry Herzberg outlined major developments in the Kentish Town area which KTNF are monitoring. These include:
Pizza 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.