Plans to overhaul the area surrounding London's King's Cross station have been cleared after the High Court week rejected a legal challenge to Camden's outline planning consent for the £2bn development by Argent.
The King's Cross Think Again campaign, led by King's Cross Railway Lands Group, had argued that councillors on Camden's Development Control Committee had been wrongly advised at their November meeting about whether they could reconsider the provisional consent given by councillors the previous March.The effect of that advice, given in the officers' report to the Committee and at the meeting, had been to 'fetter their discretion' about whether they could think again about the provisional consent.This was rejected by Judge Mr Justice Sullivan, as was a second complaint that Camden's planning officers should have referred the November decision back to councillors because government policy on affordable housing had changed.King's Cross Railway Lands Group co-chairman Michael Edwards said: 'We're very disappointed we've failed to quash this scheme. We've campaigned for 20 years for real regeneration in King's Cross and Argent's development falls far short of what the area needs.'We are particularly sad that councillors won't be able to consider increasing the amount of affordable housing on the site. And the needless destruction of heritage buildings will be a permanent loss to this unique part of London.'A spokesman for co-landowners London & Continental Railways and Argent said: 'We want to deliver our vision for the 67 acre (27ha) site to provide nearly 2,000 homes (40% affordable), 20 new streets, 10 new major public spaces, the restoration of 20 historic buildings and structures, 750,000m2 of mixed use development, a new primary school, a children's centre and primary health care centre.'The most immediate step will be demolishing the Northern Stanley Building and realigning St Pancras Road so that we are able to deliver the accessibility needed for the arrival of High Speed 1 to St Pancras International in November this year.'