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Planning matters

In the last email we told you about three major planning issues that affect the Inkerman Area. Here are the updates:

Spring Place – Segro planned change of use

If you picked up a Camden New Journal this week you’ll see some of us standing outside the proposed depot protesting about the plans.

Quite a lot of people have already written to the planning department to object, or posted comments on the website. Don’t forget that by clicking on the link below * you can then add comments.

We’ll be sending in a response from IARA soon, emphasising just how unsuitable this site is for B8 (storage and distribution) use, with planned routes for HGVs and other delivery vehicles going past schools, nurseries, major pedestrian routes for children and older people, right through Queens Crescent Market and along the already heavily congested Holmes Road. The routes would also take in Grafton Road and vehicles are likely to find their way through other local streets when there is congestion. We know that everyone relies more and more on deliveries, but given that we have an industrial estate suitable for warehousing less than half a mile away it is hard to justify this plan.

The more people that send in comments the more evidence there is for Camden to refuse this application, so do write in if you share these concerns. We already have strong support from CFBL (the French School) and St. Patrick’s who will be posting their own comments soon.

For more information, please see the previous posting. Let’s not let a commercial development wreck the area and other threats…

The deadline for comments is now 14 February

3-6 Spring Place London NW5 3BA
Change of use from industrial (Class B2) to flexible industrial (Class B2)/ storage or distribution (Class B8)/ light industrial (Class E), refurbishment of existing building including replacement roof, installation of PV panels; installation of wood cladding to parts of Grafton Road and Spring Place elevation; and installation of living wall and alteration to entrance on Grafton Road elevation.Application number: 2020/5913/P
Application type: Full Planning PermissionView Application    * 

Appeals against refusal of planning permission

This link takes you to the guidance on how to make comments on a planning application that is the subject of an appeal. You can comment whether you did so previously or not. If you did object previously, you can add any further points you want to make.

The first appeal is:

Monmouth House – telecoms application (Huge masts and dishes on the roof of the highest building in the area…) 

We have now had the letter to explain how to contact the Planning Inspectorate if you want to comment, or comment further, on the application to instal 12 pole mounted antennas (2 each on 6 poles), 6 cabinets, 4 dishes and 1 GPS antenna at roof level, plus 1 ground based meter cabinet and associated works.

View Application

This will be highly visible from Raglan, Alma, Anglers, Inkerman and Holmes. It will be a hideous structure immediately beside the Conservation Area and a primary school.

Here are the details from Camden.


Site Address: Monmouth House , Raglan Street, London, NW5 3BX

Description of development: Installation of 12 pole mounted antennas (2 each on 6 poles), 6 cabinets, 4 dishes and 1 GPS antenna at roof level, plus 1 ground based meter cabinet and associated works.

Application reference: 2020/3008/P

Appellant’s name: Miss Dianne Perry

Planning Inspectorate reference: APP/X5210/W/20/3262344

Appeal start date: 11 January 2021

I refer to the above details. An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the London Borough of Camden. Reason for Appeal: Refused prior approval of permitted development rights.

The appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations. The procedure to be followed is set out in Part 2 of The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Written Representations Procedure)(England) Regulations 2009, as amended.

We have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so online at You can send your comments to:

Stuart Liddington

All representations must be received by 15th February 2021. Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the appeal reference.

Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

The appeals documents are available on our website at:

You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in planning appeals” booklets free of charge from GOV.UK at or from the Planning Technician on 020 7974 2047.

When the decision is made, it will be published online at

Message from the Planning Inspectorate regarding current COVID-19 Pandemic

The planning Inspectorate (PINs) has asked local planning authorities to advise third parties of the importance of referring to PINs web page for up–to–date information about how best to correspond with them during this time and to submit representations via the appeal case work portal whenever possible (as PINs office is currently closed and they are unable to receive postal replies). The link to the web site is :

Supporting Communities Directorate

The second appeal is:

The Stay Club on the old Magnet site

65-69 Holmes Road London NW5 3AN
Erection of 7th of roof extension to facilitate the creation of 27 student accommodation rooms (Sui Generis) to existing student accommodationApplication number: 2020/2406/P
Application type: Full Planning PermissionView Application

On this appeal, we have been sent a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s letter to Camden. The procedure is exactly the same, with the same deadline:

All representations must be received by 15th February 2021.

The contact details are also the same:

Stuart Liddington

and the planning reference for this one is APP/X5210/w/20/3263246

We will be sending in further representations from IARA on the basis of our previous objections:

We wrote originally about noise and nuisance from the site, and this has got worse over the last several months. The previous nuisance problems caused by large groups of language students was later overshadowed by nuisance from the current occupiers. The appeal application continues to talk about creating 27 student rooms – yet the existing student rooms were, well before Covid, being used by tourists and we have sent in evidence of this. There has never been an application to make this building a hotel, which it effectively now is. The application also focuses very much on the fact that the developer modified the proposal to make it less overbearing – however we will continue to maintain that a 7th storey looming over the Conservation Area and Azania Mews is unacceptable.

And a new issue –

Dockless bike hire bay in Inkerman Road

Many of you will have had a letter from Camden proposing a parking bay for hire bikes, which would replace 5.5m of residents parking in Inkerman Road. In case you haven’t, we attach a copy. You can comment until 1st February at

Don’t forget too that you can join our very lively WhatsApp group by emailing us with your phone number and where you live. It’s proving a great way to share ideas and information, give away unwanted items – and assemble a few demonstrators at very short notice for the CNJ photo-op!

D & D