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To: Camden Council

Protect Historic Bloomsbury

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Adam Lester
Protect Historic Bloomsbury

Refuse planning permission for the proposed redevelopment of the Old Sorting Office.

Why is this important?

This site provides a unique opportunity for a high quality development with a variety of social and cultural uses that reflect the special nature of the Bloomsbury and Covent Garden neighbourhoods. It also offers an opportunity for desperately needed housing and public open space.

Instead, the developers propose a huge expansion of an already large building to provide mainly offices and bland chain retail outlets with minimal housing included.

This proposal breaches Camden's own planning brief while the scale of the building, expansion of the upper floors and tower on Museum Street will overwhelm the British Museum and St George's Church opposite as well as the delicate scale of the neighbouring streets.

Camden Council should reject this crude, bog-standard and greedy development and push for a smaller scale and more interesting use in line with their brief and planning policies.

Objections can also be made on Camden Council's planning website under application number 2014/5946/P.
http://planningrecords.camden.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer17/GeneralSearch.aspx

Bloomsbury Way, London

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Reasons for signing

  • We have to respect the historic character of the area. Please also sign: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-victorian-pemberton-building-in-st-albans-from-demolition
  • Do not want the character of the area to change
  • The extension to the edge of the site of the upper part of this already too large and too ugly building will dominate the surrounding streets, particularly Museum Street, and impose itself on many views.

Updates

2015-01-15 23:29:50 +0000

We have now received support from local MP Frank Dobson and Labour PPC Keir Starmer, Green Party PPC and Leader Natalie Bennett, and Conservative PPC Will Blair.

2014-11-01 17:21:27 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-10-29 09:34:16 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-10-28 19:15:42 +0000

There will be a public meeting on Wednesday 5th Nov at 7pm at St George's Church in Bloomsbury.

2014-10-28 19:00:44 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-10-28 17:30:06 +0000

10 signatures reached