West End group seeks an expanded business improvement district

Map of BID.

The business group which represents the largest retail and leisure companies in the Oxford Street and Regent Street area is holding a ballot on an expanded business improvement district (BID). The New West End Company works in a public-private partnership with Westminster Council and provides business services and lobbies on behalf of its members. It …

Oxford Street pedestrianisation plans divert traffic into neighbouring areas

TfL map of Oxford Street west district.

Mayor Sadiq Khan this week revealed more details on his proposal to pedestrianise London's Oxford Street and confirmed exactly what residents in surrounding districts feared -- all vehicles will be simply diverted into neighbouring streets but with a reduction in buses serving the area. The plans put out for consultation this week by Westminster Council …

Most local residents oppose or have concerns about Oxford Street plans

Cover of report.

People living in the neighbourhoods near Oxford Street have come out strongly against plans to pedestrianise the shopping street because of concerns about displacing motor vehicles into surrounding areas, according to the results of a consultation carried out by Transport for London and Westminster Council and published this week. More than 65 percent of local …

CitiPark is actually undermining Westminster council’s efforts to discourage diesel

Times newspaper article.

The Times newspaper says that "Drivers of petrol and diesel cars will face higher charges to use private car parks under a plan to tackle pollution". The article by transport correspondent Graeme Paton goes on to say that car park operator CitiPark will "impose a levy on all but the most fuel-efficient vehicles as part …

Camden’s planners appear to have given up on this legal agreement

Former Strand Union Workhouse.

Next Thursday Camden's planning officers will try to persuade councillors to approve plans to redevelop a disused hospital building in Fitzrovia, but without the developer honouring a legal agreement to build the full amount of social rented homes on the site. UCLH Charity which owns the derelict Middlesex Hospital Annex in Cleveland Street wants the …

Westbrook Partners reveals new plans for former hospital building

Outside of building.

American private equity firm Westbrook Partners will unveil new plans for the redevelopment of former hospital building Arthur Stanley House at a public exhibition this week. Westbrook say they have "improved redevelopment proposals" for a mixed-use scheme designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and are inviting local residents and businesses to come and have a …

Fitzrovia Partnership drops plans for cross-boundary business improvement district

Fitzrovia BID map 2017-2022.

The Fitzrovia Partnership has abandoned plans for a cross-boundary business improvement district (BID) but will instead seek to renew its five-year mandate and expand its estate in the Camden part of Fitzrovia this summer. The business group did explore the feasibility of a cross-boundary BID with neighbouring Westminster Council as part of its renewal strategy …

Camden Council’s hedge funds and UK press freedom

Camden Council logo.

Bloomsbury ward councillor Rishi Madlani may be feeling some heat in between knocking on people’s doors on the election trail. As chair of Camden's £1.25bn pension fund committee he is all too aware of press reports of a high court injunction blocking Reuters from publishing information about Brevan Howard, one of Europe's largest hedge funds. Reuters …

Solving London’s air pollution hotspots requires action over a wide area

Graph showing NO2 levles.

Residents in the neighbourhoods around Oxford Street and the campaign group Living Streets now stand facing each other in the first battle over how surface transport should serve London's busiest shopping street. In an email sent out by Living Streets the campaign group tells its members: "At Living Streets we were delighted when the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, …

Neighbourhood groups say no to Oxford Street ‘transformation’ plans

Better Oxford Street leaflet.

Community groups from the four districts surrounding Oxford Street are calling on residents to oppose pedestrianisation of the shopping street by responding to a consultation saying they do not support the plans. The collection of associations in Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho say the joint consultation by Transport for London and Westminster City Council is designed in …

Westminster council to hold two part consultation on Oxford Street plans

Cyclist, taxi and bus on Oxford Street.

Westminster City Council will carry out the first of two separate public consultations starting next week (Monday 24 April) before deciding on how to implement the Mayor of London's vision for Oxford Street. "The consultation will start on 24 April, ahead of a second consultation on a preferred scheme in November 2017," says the West End …

Plans would ‘destroy key features’ of Georgian building and former home of artist and designer

Front of building.

Camden Council's planning committee will tonight decide whether to grant permission to allow the former family home of artist and designer couple Adrian and Corinne Heath to be converted into flats. Adrian Heath (1920-1992) was a major figure in the development of abstract art in England during the forties and a key proponent of Constructivism. …

Fitzrovia community group heaps scorn on Westminster Council’s plans for taller and bulkier buildings

Map of the City of Westminster showing policy areas.

A Fitzrovia community group has added its voice to criticism of Westminster Council's proposals to increase the number of tall and denser buildings allowed to accommodate economic and population growth. The Council before it revises its City Plan wants to hear the public's views in an eight week consultation on how it should shape the city …

Workhouse plans fail to deliver on housing, heritage and open space

Front of workhouse building.

Proposals by a hospital charity to redevelop the site of the former Strand Union Workhouse on Cleveland Street have been met with over 150 letters of objection sent to Camden Council which is due to make a decision on the plans later this year. The site was last used as the Middlesex Hospital Annex in 2006 …

Camden to hold inquiry before decision on Torrington-Tavistock road layout

Cyclists and motor vehicles at junction.

Camden Council is to hold a public inquiry ahead of any decision on the future of the experimental Torrington Place and Tavistock Place road layout which prioritises walking and cycling. The new traffic system along the east-west route linking Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Kings Cross was implemented in 2015 to address concerns about motor traffic volume and road …

It is the increasing number of UK nationals not migrants who are pushing up rough sleeper numbers

Nationality statistics for rough sleepers.

The Times newspaper this morning runs a story with the misleading headline: "Migrants drive 50% rise in rough sleepers". In its article The Times reports on yesterday's release of official statistics of numbers of homeless people sleeping outside during the autumn of 2016. "More than 20 per cent of those identified as rough sleepers were …

Only 17 people sleep rough in the whole of the borough says Camden Council

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has told the Department for Communities and Local Government that there were only 17 rough sleepers on a "typical night" across the entire London borough in the autumn of 2016, according to official statistics released today. The figure of 17 is just not credible by any stretch of the imagination. Camden claims to have …

Residents invited to discuss West End Project and rough sleeping

Motor traffic on Tottenham Court Road at night.

Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors have invited residents in Fitzrovia to attend a public meeting this week to discuss plans for Tottenham Court Road and concerns about people sleeping on the streets. In an email to residents councillors Adam Harrison, Sabrina Francis and Rishi Madlani say they will give an update on these two issues. The West End Project -- …

Great Portland Estates accused of misusing the planning system

Corner of street and construction work.

People living next to a construction site in Fitzrovia say they have been treated with contempt by property developer Great Portland Estates (GPE) after the FTSE 250 company made numerous alterations to the design of new offices having gained initial planning consent. In November 2014 the PR company Four Communications held an exhibition of plans for the redevelopment of a …