100 Avenue Road Appeal – See also update here
See also Hearing Dates here
If this scheme for a massive tower goes ahead it will replace the existing six-storey building with a 24-storey block joined to a five/seven-storey building, separated by an arcade through to a green space behind the site. The tower will be mostly residential, while the smaller building will accommodate retail space.
From the Belsize Bulletin
We were all concerned to hear that Camden's decision to refuse the 100 Avenue Road planning application has been appealed by the developers, Essential Living. Belsize councillors have been working with the Swiss Cottage councillors to try to gather information as this has become available.
Proposed new tower at 100 Avenue Road
Some third parties locally are also considering organising Rule 6 status to appear at the inquiry formally and represent their views. The deadline for submission of Rule 6 statements is 10th April 2015.
Camden have now confirmed that the Appeal will be heard from 14-17th July 3015 and 21-24th July 2015 and that 8 days have been allocated.
Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland has been informed that Camden Council's case will be to defend the two principal reasons for refusal and that they will have their own barrister, with a design officer and a planning officer as witnesses. Essential Living have said that they will bring five witnesses.
As a reminder, here are the two main reasons that were given by the committee for the refusal of the planning application:
1. Height, bulk, mass, design and density having an adverse impact on the character and appearance of surrounding conservation areas and the local area generally.
2. Height, bulk and mass would result in loss of amenity, especially overshadowing to the adjacent Swiss Cottage Open Space and surrounding areas.
You may well also have heard that the Secretary of State has taken the decision to call in the 100 Avenue Road appeal. What this means is that the process will go ahead as planned, but the Inspector will not make a final decision. Instead he will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will then take the final decision. Claire-Louise wrote to the Secretary of State last year to explain the context for the refusal. She has now written again to try to gain more clarity about the reasons for the call in.
Belsize ward Councillors
See also update here