Westminster council Tories gave planning permission for extension on Jenrick home against officers’ recommendation

The Times reports that fellow Conservatives at Westminster council approved a home extension and overturned the planning department's recommendation to reject the plans. Robert Jenrick the secretary of state for housing who is currently embroiled in a row over a planning decision has some previous experience with planning matters, reports The Times newspaper. Conservative councillors …

Developer of underground hotel is ‘abusing planning system’ to increase number of rooms – and Camden Council is letting them get away with it, say neighbours

Construction workers unloading materials.

The developer of an underground hotel in Great Russell Street has taken the first step in seeking planning permission to squeeze an additional 42 guest bedrooms into the former car park four and five storeys beneath street level, in a move the Bloomsbury Association says is an "abuse of the planning system". Centro Planning Consultancy, …

Westminster council moves review of City Plan to spring 2018

Westminster council planning policy image.

Westminster council has announced that it is to delay a consultation on the revision of its major planning policies until the spring of 2018. In an email to community groups, Councillor Daniel Astaire, cabinet member for planning and public realm, explained that due to a number of recent policy announcements from the Mayor of London and …

Camden planning guidance update consultation

Camden Planning Guidance revision.

Camden Council is seeking the public's views on its updated planning guidance documents, which provide detailed information on how the council applies its planning policies. The review of the planning guidance aims to support the delivery of the recently adopted Local Plan and update documents to reflect changes to national planning policy, says Camden. The …

Travel group to reveal new plans for hotel on Newman Street

Front of building.

Plans for a new hotel in Fitzrovia will be unveiled at a public exhibition at the site on Newman Street next week. Travel and leisure group Leeu Collection will shortly be submitting a planning application to Westminster City Council to redevelop 50-57 Newman Street. The site was at one time a post office but its last …

Camden Council discontinues planning notifications sent by letter

Planning application site notice.

From this month Camden Council will no longer send out notices by letter to people living near to a site where a planning application has been submitted. From 1 October 2016 Camden Council stopped sending neighbour notification letters about planning applications, but says it has improved site notices and its electronic system. The council says it has new and improved site …

Planning guidance revision threatens new social housing in south Camden

Map of south Camden in central London.

Community groups have condemned plans by Camden Council which would mean new social housing gained from property development in central London would not be built, but instead be replaced by cash payments and spent elsewhere. The new proposals are contained in a report drawn up by Frances Wheat the assistant director for regeneration and planning and submitted to Councillor Phil Jones, cabinet member for …

Comments invited on University of London Bloomsbury campus plans

Map and information.

Camden Council is hosting a public forum on Wednesday 27 January to hear the public's views on long-term proposals by the University of London for its Bloomsbury campus. The University of London Masterplan will inform the estate strategy over the next 15-20 years and set out key principles, aspirations and development parameters to inform future development on the campus …

Camden’s rejection of underground hotel is ‘a victory for good sense and the small guys’

Brutalist building.

Camden Council's planning committee has thrown out controversial plans for a windowless, underground hotel, to the joy of local residents and the Bloomsbury Association who campaigned against it. The committee sitting in a chilly town hall -- because the heating had failed -- last Thursday (14 January) had to deal with a packed agenda. Camden's planning …

Staying underground can seriously damage your neighbours’ health

Brutalist building.

By Roger Wilson For those who want to travel cheaply and aren't too concerned about a window view, an inside cabin on board ship can be an expedient, if not delightful, experience. It may not matter too much that waking up in the morning you don't know whether to put on a sweater or a …

Westminster council dumps paper for digital in planning and licensing consultations

Westminster City Council is changing the way it consults on planning and licensing applications in a move towards paperless working. From 1 October 2015 the consultation period for planning applications will also be extended from 21 to 28 days. In an email to Westminster's amenity societies the council says it will change to a near paperless …

Basement hotel would be an overdevelopment on an already crowded site

Outside of basement car park.

Residents and business owners are pushing Camden Council to reject new plans for a basement hotel in Great Russell Street because of the harm it would cause to the local environment. Criterion Capital who own a number of sites in central London including the Trocadero fun house want to convert a basement car park which is …

A neighbourhood plan can help control development in Fitzrovia West

Fitzrovia West skyline.

People are often awestruck by the schemes which receive planning permission and feel powerless to influence decisions taken by distant committees. Poor development is waved through and little community benefit is offered in return. Now a group of local people in the Westminster part of Fitzrovia are working to resolve the problem, and raise the standard for developments that …

Westminster Council planners accused of ‘cavalier attitude’ over Banksy site redevelopment plans

Aerial view of buildings.

A residents' association in Fitzrovia has accused Westminster Council's planning officers of having a "cavalier attitude" towards assessing documents for a major development proposal and has asked for the consultation period to be extended. However, the City Council has rejected the claim and says the application will go before councillors this week. In an exchange of letters seen …

Camden Council must not waste an opportunity to gain housing

Corner of building.

Camden Council's planning committee is due to make a decision this month on plans to redevelop a former hospital building in Fitzrovia. But despite the site being identified for housing the proposals would deliver only two affordable homes. UCLH Charity seeks to redevelop Arthur Stanley House in Tottenham Street by refurbishing the main building and constructing an extension at the rear. The …

A bigger late night club in Newman Street is not wanted

Shopfront.

An application to increase the capacity of a proposed private members club in Fitzrovia is meeting with strong opposition from residents, community groups and local councillors who say it will create a late-night noise nuisance. The application for the premises at 19 Newman Street will be discussed by a Westminster council licensing committee at City Hall this …

Updated plans for hospital in Huntley Street to be shown

Hospital building.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is to unveil updated plans for a new hospital building that will bring under one roof services currently provided at the Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital and the Eastman Dental Hospital. The plans, which will be shown at three exhibitions this week, will present "a new …

Is Newman Street Post Office being closed in favour of a beauty salon or private club?

Front of post office.

Fitzrovia is to lose another post office with the announcement that a branch at 19 Newman Street is to close and there are plans afoot to open a beauty salon or late night club on the site. A notice displayed at the sub post office states: "Following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of …

A ‘crassly over-developed’ scheme planned for Cleveland Street

End of building.

Residents in Holcroft Court and Cleveland Street have received an early and unwanted Christmas present after a planning application revealed the true scale of a huge building development mere metres from their windows. The residents are furious with Dukelease Properties, Assael Architecture, and PR company Four Communications, who stand accused of giving out false information and trying …

New plans for 61-65 Charlotte Street to be shown

Front of three buildings.

Proposals for refurbishing and redeveloping three buildings on Charlotte Street are to be unveiled at an exhibition next week. The site -- a mix of commercial and residential properties in the Charlotte Street conservation area -- was the subject of a long drawn out disagreement over their use by the previous off-shore owners who eventually sold …