Go-ahead for new housing development behind Chalk Farm tube station
Councillors voted 6-4 in favour of the scheme at the old police garage site
03 January, 2017 — By Ella Jessel
How the new development will look
RESIDENTS say they are “disappointed” after plans for a 77-home development on former police garages by Chalk Farm tube station were given the go-ahead.
Work can now begin on Cambridge Gate Properties’ overhaul of the site that will see the 1930s redbrick building demolished and replaced with a seven-storey block of flats. The new scheme includes 60 private homes with 17 affordable and commercial units replacing the existing parade of shops in Adelaide Road.
The plans were approved by six votes to four at a Town Hall meeting last Thursday, despite resistance from residents in the neighbouring mansion blocks, the Etons. In a deputation, the New Eton Residents Association (NERA), which canvassed the views of 200 residents, said the scheme would deprive 15 flats of daylight, cause parking problems and that the design is out of keeping with its surroundings.
Speaking after the meeting, NERA chairman Guy Morris said: “We are most disappointed by the fact that members of the planning committee appeared to pay so little attention to the views of the residents of the Etons. While design is a matter of taste, it would have been nice to see the committee members take on board these concerns and request that the architect try to create something a little less abrasive.”
Haverstock ward councillor Alison Kelly also gave a deputation against the scheme, arguing that the “ugly lopsided design” would overwhelm the distinctive underground station.
Planning committee member Danny Beales, who voted in favour of the scheme, criticised the offer of 17 affordable homes but said he was “not too fussed” about the building’s design.
“It’s difficult because it’s clearly a densification of the site but, as we all know, there’s not enough homes in London and that will generally require a densification of sites,” he added.
David Cawston, from architects Piercy and Company who designed the flats, said: “We have designed a contextual building which relates both to Camden and to the mansion blocks of Belsize Park, and we hope we have designed a building which is a good neighbour to Leslie Green’s Grade II-listed station”.