Camden Planning & Conservation Areas

Approximately 50 per cent of Camden is designated as conservation land and there are 39 conservation areas. Get Planning and Architecture has completed office, housing and shopping projects in many complex situations. If planning permission is refused by the local planning authority we have a high success rate of submitting and winning appeals. Our team can take you from the initial stages through to completion and deal with any issues that may arise during the whole process.

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Planning in Camden

Main within Camden are: Hampstead Town, Highgate, Frognal and Fitzjohns, Fortune Green, West Hampstead, Kilburn, Swiss Cottage, Belsize, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town, Cantelowes, Haverstock, Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, St Pancras and Somers Town, King’s Cross and Holborn, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden.

The 2011 census revealed the London Borough of Camden’s population was estimated at 220,300 and there were approximately 97,500 households.  However a more recent study, carried out by the Government’s London Datastore website, established that by December 2015 the number of properties had risen to 106,230.

That’s a huge increase in just five years and, added to that, household sizes also getting larger within the borough. With a lot of discussion in the media about the housing shortage and inadequate homes in London the team at Get Planning and Architecture offer truly professional architecture and planning services. We are highly skilled in new build, flat conversion, extensions and de-conversion. Therefore if you are planning for a new build or extension our aim is to design aesthetically pleasing constructions meeting our client’s requirements and the local planning authority’s specifications.

Camden Planning Applications & Appeals

On average there are 100 planning applications submitted in Camden per week and, whilst it can vary, around 7 appeals submitted per week where permission has been refused by the local planning authority. Planning permission can be refused for a range of reasons. For example more constraints apply in listed buildings and conservation areas.

Camden News

Camden’s local planning authority granted planning permission to develop an area known as Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. Heatherwick Studio, also believed to be behind the latest designs for Google’s new headquarters in the larger King’s Cross development, submitted the planning application to convert the 9300 square metre site.

In Victorian times Coal Drops Yard was integral to London as coal was the chief energy source for the capital. Every year 8 million tonnes was delivered by train from northern England. It was then stored at the yard.

Property developer Argent commissioned the project which forms part of the overall 67 acre King’s Cross Development Partnership (KCDP). Argent states, “It will secure the long-term future of the historic Coal Drops buildings.

The planning application requested permission to turn the area into a canal-side shopping centre. Included in the designs are approximately 60 shops, as well as restaurants, galleries and music venues.

Standing next to Central St Martins school campus it consists of 2 buildings constructed in the mid 19th century. Amazingly the cobbled streets, brick viaducts and ironwork have survived. These will be kept as part of the final architectural design.

Architects decided to join up the 2 buildings’ gabled roofs with a curved arch in order to create a more social experience. They felt it would create a feeling of disconnectivity if left as 2 separate entities. Heatherwick says “The distance between them being too great to have any social chemistry with each other and only 2 stories of activity would not create enough busy-ness and vitality.”

It will house a variety of shops and have a focus on fashion, craft and culture. Work is now well underway and a completion date is set for 2018. Once finished, the developers state it will provide a completely new shopping experience in the capital.

Camden Contact Information

Camden – Local Planning Authority

London Borough of Camden
5 Pancras Square
London N1C 4AG

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