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There is an exciting community-led plan for Camley Street

11 July, 2019

New plans for Camley Street 

• AN exciting community-led plan for Camley Street: for over six years the community of residents, employers and staff who live and work in Camley Street have, with the support of experts, developed a plan for a truly world-leading sustainable development.

Our submitted plan includes how we keep the 500 people, predominantly employed in the food industry, working on Camley Street. We are also committed to building up to 1,000 truly affordable homes in the face of developers who want to make huge profits from extending the King’s Cross high-rise developments to our neighbourhood.

Plans drawn up for us by the architects Karakusevic Carson, who have a long and successful relationship working with London boroughs on projects of this kind, envisage a development of the Camley Street industrial estate that both secures future business activity there and provides new homes.

A part of the King’s Cross / St Pancras area has recently been termed “the knowledge quarter”, given the arrival of firms working in the digital industries, such as Google, Facebook and Deep Mind, including the proximity of University College London and of the British Library.

Another part of the area could also justly be termed “the med / science quarter”, given the presence of the Francis Crick Institute, Alan Turing Institute plus the proximity of University College London Hospital, the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Veterinary College, and the likely redevelopment of the St Pancras Hospital site.

We would like to add another, “the food quarter” given the critical importance of the businesses in Camley Street in supplying food to a host of outlets in Camden and central London.

The concentration of knowledge industries, educational, scientific and health institutions and food outlets provides a major opportunity for the development of the “food quarter” which we foresee both drawing upon and serving all those working in this area and contributing to the development of their work.

The integration of high-tech and food is one of the opportunities that we envisage for the Camley Street development. Vertical farming, aquaponics and a range of smart city technology including robotics and diet therapy are all part of our plan.

DAVID ROYSTON-LEE
Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum
For further information please visit our website at: www.camleystreetplan.org.uk

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