With the lifting of lockdown, customers have returned to London’s commercial centres in surprising numbers, with Oxford Street looking just as packed as usual on the very first Monday of restrictions easing. Not wanting to miss out on grabbing a bargain, it seems some of Veolia’s sweepers forwent their sweeping duties to spend Monday morning … Continue reading Veolia Sweepers Found Shopping for TVs
In response to popular demand I have this week been working on a news site for the three South Camden Wards. Continue reading South Camden News Site in the Pipeline
In an horrific act of urban vandalism, the former Royal Free Hospital on Gray’s Inn Road has been almost entirely demolished, as part of an application granted by Camden Council last year. Continue reading Beautiful Victorian Hospital Destroyed
High Court judgment means Camden is likely illegally discriminating against the elderly and disabled in Bloomsbury. But Camden have ignored the ruling, and now further legal action is being pursued against them. Continue reading UTAG in Court Case Against Camden Council
Developers are trying to push through a huge tower in Bloomsbury visible from all throughout London. And Camden’s incredibly poor record on consultation has led developer LabTech to shun all efforts at local engagement. Continue reading Selkirk House / Travelodge Development: A Battle Looms
Belgrove House has now been minded for approval in a fiery meeting which saw outbursts against the ‘disgraceful’ and ‘arrogant’ design of the building. Camden will now rush to get approval from the GLA as the Secretary of State considers whether to call this in. Continue reading Belgrove Minded for Approval in Fiery Meeting
Now that the planning application can be scrutinised, Merck’s ‘world-leading research centre’ contains no labs whatsoever. And in an incredible series of statements, Camden’s planners both commend the design of the building and demand an £8.6M payment in return for approval of the application. Continue reading Camden Demand £8.6M for Belgrove House Fake Labs
But officers to push ahead with demolition of terraces, claiming that internal complaint ‘cannot be investigated’. Continue reading Camden Threatened with Legal Action and LGO Investigation
‘Demolish First, ask Questions Later’: Camden’s planning department recommends the demolition of two Victorian terraces before an investigation into whether they should be legally protected is concluded. Continue reading Camden to Demolish Terraces Before Concluding Application for their Protection
“I conclude that the decision-making processes … were seriously flawed, and the decisions were not a rational response to the issues which arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” – Mrs Justice Lang Continue reading Infamous ‘London Streetspace’ Quashed in High Court
As we come to the end of 2020, it is time to celebrate the best of the changes made to the world-famous environment of Bloomsbury. Continue reading Bloomsbury Environment Awards 2020
A great deal of the woes of living in Camden can be traced directly to Adam Harrison. Is he not the local equivalent of Chris Grayling? Continue reading Adam Harrison: Camden’s Chris Grayling?
The ongoing controversies surrounding Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and road closures under cover of COVID have exposed the true extent of Camden’s ‘local tyranny’, but also its utter incompetence. Only the Camden’s arrogance can be blamed for the spectacular failure of its schemes. Continue reading COVID and LTN Sagas have Exposed True Extent of Camden’s ‘Local Tyranny’
Opinion: The Outernet planning decision reaffirms that Camden’s special relationship with major development companies has crossed the line. Continue reading Long Read: Camden and Developers too Close for Comfort
A flurry of planning applications made in 2020 threatens to change the character of King’s Cross forever. In a photo-essay, I delve into the long history of King’s Cross, and why new development trends will likely destroy one of London’s most precious areas. Continue reading The End of King’s Cross?
The BCAAC has welcomed two new members, got a new website, given feedback on an unprecedented number of applications, and much more this year. Continue reading Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Round-Up 2020
One of Camden’s redeeming features is that it is completely open about how absurdly sh*t it is. Continue reading You can get any Information you like from Camden
Noise nuisance from Camden Council property became so severe I was unable to use half of my flat for over a year. But Camden’s officers and councillors undermined and ignored complaints for over three years, and found ‘no service failings’. Continue reading Camden Council Takes 3 Years to Resolve Noise Complaint
Recent events at St George’s Gardens show how planning should and does work when there isn’t a great deal of money involved. Continue reading Success Story: St George’s Gardens
Conservationists face off with Camden in a battle to preserve Victorian terraces and views from Bedford Square. But planners are happy to ignore protest and approve the application. Continue reading 247 Tottenham Court Road: Camden Plan Demolition of Victorian Terraces next to Bedford Square
Conservation, community, news, tech… how can all these things be made into something useful and influential? I argue that a grassroots ‘Camden Voice’ could be the way forward. Continue reading Making a Difference: A ‘Camden Voice’?
Filthiness in Camden stems not from budget cuts or litter louts but from a widespread culture of laziness, apathy, and a willingness to accept anything as ‘inevitable’. Continue reading Camden’s Filth is Symptomatic of Wider Dysfunction
Freedom of Information response reveals less than half of Bloomsbury’s nine councillors live anywhere near Bloomsbury. Continue reading How can our Local Politicians Represent us if they aren’t Local?
Man repeatedly threatened to stab me and my partner in the head outside our homes. After police catch him, he’s released without charge. Continue reading Man Threatened to Stab Me Outside My Home. Police Release him Without Charge
Last chance to object to the Belgrove House Monstrosity. Official consultation closes on the 9th October 2020. Continue reading Belgrove House: Put in your Objections
Royal National Throat, Nose, and Ear Hospital set for comprehensive redevelopment. Online Q&A to be held on Tuesday 25th August 2020. Continue reading ENT Hospital / 330 Gray’s Inn Road set for Major Redevelopment
Radical planning reforms proposed today would see Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy replaced with a single levy, the ‘Infrastructure Levy’. Continue reading Breaking: Section 106 to be Abolished
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