News and opinion on Bloomsbury’s famous built heritage, the threats it faces from overdevelopment and Camden’s planners, and work being done to protect it.
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
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
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
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
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