To: Camden Council
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.