Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Boris Johnson overrides local planning authority decision

London mayor Boris Johnson has approved controversial plans for a new development of office, residential and retail space after the project was previously rejected by the local planning authority.

The “Saatchi block” redevelopment was initially refused planning permission by Camden Council following local opposition, but Johnson has now enacted powers granted to him in 2008 to take over the application and approve it.

Conditions attached to the application will see the developers agree to a number of provisions including a £1.6M contribution towards Crossrail, more than £120,000 being channelled into education and local community facilities, and a further £150,000 invested into street improvements and highway works. johnson said the project would provide a “vital contribution to Crossrail and a boost to the construction industry”.

The area to be redeveloped is known as the Saatchi block after the advertising agency which currently occupies the buildings. The project will include more than 35,000m² of office space and 57 new homes. Camden planning officers originally recommended that permission be granted, but opposition from local groups including the Charlotte Street Association led the council’s development control committee to reject the proposals in May this year.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.