Great Succcess in protecting the Pizza Express Building.

Last week the Development Control Committee of Camden Council (aka ‘the planning committee’) voted overwhelmingly, by 10 votes to 1 we think, to reject the planning department’s advice to renew the permission to knock down the Pizza Express building and put up a miserable hotch-potch of flats and shops.

Alan Morris, local resident and an architect himself, spoke very well representing all the local groups which had objected, using recent government planning guidance which gives protection to buildings which are not listed nor in conservation areas, but which deserve attention.

The developers may well appeal, so it’s not over yet, but Alan Morris put forward a strong case that the old Polytechnic building should be considered as one aesthetic whole and not broken up.

Adam Leys