July Bulletin

Dear Members

Quite a lot is happening at the moment …

  1. IARA Meeting with new MP Keir Starmer

We now have a date – Monday 21 September from 7 pm – when we can meet our new MP.  We also hope to give you a report on the Street Fair, and Tim Gray, who is the Senior Area Monitoring Officer in Camden’s Environment and Transport department has asked to join us. More details as soon as everything is confirmed, but please note the date now.

  1. Major development in Raglan Street

Residents of the Raglan Estate were invited to a meeting this week to hear about proposals for providing further housing on the estate.  We have written to Camden Council to ask them for their proposed timetable fora wider consultation.  Plans are at a preliminary stage and we hope there will be detailed and meaningful consultation prior to the formal planning stage.  Residents who live nearby have been aware of outline plans to build on the area of the garages, but these proposals go much further and raise some concerns about over-development.  We will keep you posted.

  1. Independent Elders – meeting to discuss Becoming a Camden Guide

The Independent Elders of IARA met this week and had a very interesting presentation from Jenny Rossiter,  who is a founder member of the Camden Tour Guides Association.  They are running their next course from September.  If you are interested in developing skills to plan, prepare and deliver walking tours – or just want to learn more about our wonderful borough – take a look at the website www.camdenguides.com.  Applicationsby 31 July.  (Their next local walk is  this Saturday at 11 am and looks at Camden’s housing estates over the last 50 years).


If you are not on the Elders mailing list and would like to be (no age limits) please let us know. Other issues we discussed last night and are looking into include tree management in the area, coach parking near the baths and the French School, unlawful car and minicab parking, and some healthy living issues including a recommendation from one of our members for a local Tuina massage clinic www.tuinauk.com

(some of you may have tried them out at the Street Fair)

  1.  Playstreet

Our playing out sessions will keep going this summer – if you are around this Sunday (26th July) from 2 to 5pmcome along and join us on Ryland Road! And please volunteer if you can, we need help to make the sessions happen! Isabelle playstreetsNW5@gmail.com

  1. Planning applications

Some applications that may be of interest.

(i) Pizza Express building

Caroline Hill, Chair of Kentish Town Neighbourhood Forum, has alerted us to the latest planning application for this site.  Some of you will know that since planning permission was granted the building has again changed hands.  The new owner is going for the option so that does not include a cinema.  This new application refers only to trees on the site, but the report gives detail of the original application.  Details can be found by going to http://www.camden.gov.uk/planningsearch and searching for Application Number: 2015/3584/P

Type: Approval of Reserved Matters,  Address: 187 Kentish Town Road London NW1 8PD Proposal: Details of conditions 9 (retention and protection of tress) granted planning permission 2013/8302/P dated 27/03/2015

(Redevelopment to provide 4 storey building (1 storey roof addition) with flexible retail/financial and professional services/restaurant ( Class A1/A2/A3) use at ground floor and 9 (2×1, 6×2 & 1×3 bed) residential units)

(ii) The Beardsmore Gallery, Prince of Wales Road

Application Number: 2015/3488/P, Type: GPDO Prior Approval Class IA change of use of A1/A2 to C3,

Address: 22-24 Prince of Wales Road NW5 3LG

Proposal: Change of use from  retail shop (A1) to 2 x 2 bed residential units (C3) at ground floor level.

Search for planning applications online… http://www.camden.gov.uk/planningsearch

(iii) House into flats, Prince of Wales Road

Application Number: 2015/3037/P, Type: Full Planning Permission,29 Prince of Wales Road  NW5 3LH

Proposal: Conversion of dwelling house into three flats (1 x 3-bedroom, 1 x 2-bedroom and 1 x 1-bedroom units). Erection of a 3 storey side extension, erection of mansard roof extension with front and rear dormer windows and erection of part single, part 2-storey rear extension with roof terrace at first floor level.

Excavation of single storey basement extension and creation of rear garden lightwell.  Search for planning applications online… http://www.camden.gov.uk/planningsearch

This application includes a basement excavation – one of a few locally.  IARA has signed up to join CRAAC, the Camden Resident Association Action Committee. This is a group that is currently almost exclusively focused on trying to protect neighbours throughout the Borough of Camden against aggressive and inconsiderate basement schemes. They are not anti basements per se but want to fully protect neighbours against any damages of any kind as a result of any applications.  Please let us know if you would like more information about this.

Best wishes

Debby and David