At last, plans for O2 Centre

But what do you think of them?

Thursday, 10th February — By Tom Foot

02 Centre copy

The 02 Centre

A DEVELOPER has – after 18 months of fierce debate – submitted its first planning application to overhaul the 02 Centre site, writes Tom Foot.

Landsec’s plan – if approved – would lead to demolition of the shopping centre in Finchley Road, and surrounding land including the Sainsbury’s car park and Homebase.

But it would create 1,800 new homes with 35 per cent designated as “affordable”.

The planning application is currently being processed by Camden Council’s planning team and all the designs and related documents are not expected to be publicly available for a fortnight.

The developer said the application includes for the first time “detailed information on building design and architecture” for a first phase including three buildings and also an “outline application for the remainder of the site”.

The first phase is for 608 new homes including 188 affordable homes, retail space, a community centre and central square with community garden.

The tallest building on site will be 15 storeys and 40 per cent of affordable homes set at “intermediate tenure”.

Overall, the project will include a 14-acre “car-free site” with retail units including a space for a new supermarket, gym and cinema.

There will be a public green that is “10 and half tennis courts in size” and a commitment that more than half of the lower cost homes will be three-bedroom, the developer said.

The original plans for 2,000 homes have been cut down to 1,800 on what Landsec says is a “significant decrease”.

The architects are Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).

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