Superficial alterations to the construction management plan for 100 Avenue Road will not do

Thursday, 2nd August 2018

100 avenue road

Artist’s impression of the 24-storey development at 100 Avenue Road

• WE were delighted Camden’s planning committee agreed on July 19 to refer back the Construction Management Plan (CMP) for the 24-storey development at 100 Avenue Road.

As the members noted, this is a highly complex and technical document and there are still far too many unanswered questions.

However, we are greatly concerned about the possibility of the CMP coming back before the planning committee, with only superficial alterations, as early as August 16, barely three weeks since the original decision and at a time when many elected councillors, residents, and campaigners are likely to be away on holiday.

There has been huge public interest in this development and the council must do everything in its power to ensure that any decision is taken in the interest of the community and not for the benefit of minimising construction costs for Essential Living.

Following the initial rejection of the CMP, there must be enough time for all options to be explored in partnership with Transport for London, which is a key actor in this development but whose voice has so far been absent.

Although any decision on the CMP must necessarily involve some trade-offs, the impact of so many lorry movements on air quality and overall quality of life for residents of roads such as Winchester Road, not to mention users of the market and Swiss Cottage open space, cannot be overlooked and must be examined thoroughly.

In the interest of transparent and accountable decision-making, we call on Cllr Heather Johnson as planning committee chair to push back against any attempts to rush consideration of this CMP, and to commit to bringing it back to the committee no sooner than September 20.

CLLR LEO CASSARANI
Labour, Swiss Cottage ward

CLLR SIMON PEARSON
Labour, Swiss Cottage ward

CLLR STEVE ADAMS
Conservative, Belsize ward

CLLR GIO SPINELLA
Conservative, Frognal & Fitzjohns ward

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