Westminster City Council under pressure to reject Exemplar’s plans for redevelopment of former Middlesex Hospital site

By News Reporters Exemplar, the company leading the redevelopment of the vacant Middlesex Hospital site on Mortimer Street, is facing huge opposition to its proposals for a nine to 11-storey mixed use development. A large number of objections have been made and Westminster City Council are being pressed to reject the scheme as local residents, …

Funeral for Philip Gould to be held at All Saints Church Margaret Street

By News Reporters All Saints Church in Fitzrovia has been chosen for the funeral of Philip Gould who has died aged 61 after a battle with cancer. Lord Gould who was a key strategist of New Labour and adviser to former prime minister Tony Blair, died Sunday night at the Royal Marsden Hospital London. The …

Autumn gardening brings enjoyment and a feeling of belonging to Whitfield Gardens

By News Reporters A morning of bulb planting in one of Fitzrovia's most well-used parks has been hailed as a huge success. Around 700 bulbs were supplied to the Friends of the Open Spaces of Fitzrovia by Camden Council to plant in Whitfield Gardens on Tottenham Court Road. The event was part of a series …

Residents and small businesses must not become a subsidiary to this corporate juggernaut

Fitzrovia is experiencing a concentration of major developments in the coming years including Crossrail, as highlighted in "Fitzrovia for sale". This will drastically increase the number of workers and residents (thousands), and commuters (tens of thousands) in this little locality and will affect the quality of life of those living here bringing the joys attracted …

Middlesex Hospital development will cast huge shadow over surrounding streets

By News Reporters A mixed use development of between nine and 11 storeys on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital will block out daylight and bring little benefit to Fitzrovia say residents who have examined proposals currently with Westminster City Council. The consortium who own the site (Aviva Investors, Exemplar Properties and the former …

Property investment in Fitzrovia

By Jonathan Hudson Who is buying for investment in Fitzrovia? Many of those who come to us for investment buying are familiar with the area and the benefits it can offer to those who live there.   They also recognise the current strength of the lettings market as well as long term sales growth such an investment will provide.  …

Mayor will stifle London councils’ ability to deliver affordable housing and other amenities

By News Reporters Camden Council's deputy leader Sue Vincent has spoken out to warn that councils across London will be very worried about the Mayor of London's decision to decide on planning applications. Mayor Boris Johnson has been criticised after he overruled Camden Council when they refused planning permission for a new office block in …

Bringing children closer to nature through yoga and art

By Camelia Chinmayashakti More easily recognized in the West as art, mandala making is a yoga and art based activity that helps reconnect us with nature through a pleasurable personal experience. This summer I was happy to facilitate mandala making for children and adults using rose petals, grains, leaves, twigs, spices, pebbles, conkers, cones and …

Mayor of London approves major redevelopment of Saatchi block despite strong opposition

Artist's inpression of proposed building

  Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved a major redevelopment scheme in the heart of Fitzrovia after a public hearing at City Hall on Monday evening lasting more than two hours. The mayor overturned a decision made by Camden Council in May this year to refuse planning permission for Derwent London plc to carry …

Charlotte Street Association’s comments on proposed redevelopment of 1-7 Goodge Street and 61-63 Tottenham Court Road

Below is the full text of the comments sent by the Charlotte Street Association to Camden Council’s planning officers in response to the planning application Ref 2011/1821/P 61-63 Tottenham Court Road & 1-7 Goodge St W1. Whilst there are no objections to the proposed uses, there are strong objections to the overall approach to the …

Oldest building on Goodge Street under threat from proposed redevelopment

By Angela Lovely Plans to redevelop the corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road will destroy a Georgian building if planning permission is allowed. Number 1-3 Goodge Street was built in 1763 and retains many original external and internal features and has an unusual floor layout. It is the oldest building on Goodge Street …

Fitzrovia for sale: The Localism Bill – who is it good for?

In the final part of our three part feature, Linus Rees wonders who the forthcoming Localism Bill will really benefit. Pete Whyatt maps the neighbourhood. Originally Localism was hailed as a triumph for residential communities and democracy. No longer would  government impose its view on citizens and instead people would be given power to shape …

Fitzrovia for sale: who owns what and who’s looking to buy

Developers can’t wait to demolish, re-build, increase density, add more offices, shops, cafes and restaurants in Fitzrovia. They can’t help it: it’s in their nature. But will it be the noise of the building works, the crush of shoppers, or the smell of grilled food wafting through the narrow streets that turn people off a …

Leaf blowers banned by Camden Council and University of London

By Angela Lovely Perhaps one of the most stupid devices ever invented. Leaf blowers were promoted by their manufacturers as an easy way to sweep leaves up. Their noisy electric or petrol engines would disturb the peace of a Sunday morning and worse raise dust and pollen into an already heavily polluted atmosphere. Blowing leaves …

Derwent London fail to win approval for Saatchi block redevelopment

By Peter Whyatt A planning application submitted by Derwent London to redevelop the Saatchi office block at Charlotte Street, bounded by Chitty Street, Whitfield Street and Howland Street was rejected by Camden Council because the proposals failed to comply with the council’s planning policies. Camden’s development control committee voted by eight votes to three to …

Southern Pacific posters raise environmental concerns in London

By Harry Urgent An environmental movement started in the Antipodes has made its way to London. Toothfish describes itself as an "international poster project" which began during 2010 and aims to raise awareness of the destruction of the earth's natural resources. Posters have recently appeared on the disused Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia. The hotel joined …

Banksy’s rat daubs graffiti in Fitzrovia

Writing on a wall says: "If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal"

A new artwork believed to have been created by the artist Banksy has appeared on a wall in Fitzrovia, central London during Easter Monday. The work in blood red paint features the stencilled rat which has appeared in many of his creations.   The red paint which has been slapped on quickly contains runs, and …