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Ugly developments abound – are we to be turned into the Croydon of north London?

11 January, 2018

Artist’s impression of the new Ted Baker HQ with hotel, homes and shops by the canal

• THE row of ugly, overbearing monstrosities now nearing completion along the Hawley Wharf stretch of the canal give fair warning of what’s to come elsewhere in Camden.

Predictably it all happened just as usual: there was a “consultation”, nearby residents and visitors to the area voiced their objections, but the council’s planning department, seduced by the bribe of a new school and a handful of “affordable” flats, waved the whole ghastliness through. And now the same weary old pattern’s being followed again, virtually everywhere.

The deeply unpopular tower block at 100 Swiss Cottage; the elephantine scheme proposed for the Morrisons site at Chalk Farm; and, as the New Journal warned us on December 21, another huge development planned for further eastwards along the canal at St Pancras Way by clothing brand Ted Baker (Fashion giant’s HQ ‘would destroy canal’).

All these have been, and will be, criticised and passionately objected to; but will the Town Hall take a blind bit of notice? Guess…

It seems horribly clear what the council sees as the future of Camden: to become the Croydon of north London.

Jeffreys Street, NW1


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