Essential Living, the developer of the 100 Avenue Road site, has ‘paused’ works on the project before starting to construct the building.
Local Lib Dem councillors Tom Simon and Luisa Porritt now fear the site may be sold on or that the developer could renege on its commitments to deliver affordable housing and a new home for charity The Winch.
“Essential Living must provide clarity on what will happen to this site as soon as possible. In the meantime, Luisa and I are working to understand what options are available to the Council in this context.”
Camden Liberal Democrats have always opposed the project, due to the inappropriate nature of the building for the local area.
Tom and Luisa have regularly raised concerns about the project in the local press, including by calling for a new planning committee hearing in January this year after the developer revised its Construction Management Plan.
In April, they spearheaded a cross-party letter opposing a continuation of the works at the height of lockdown.
Since demolition began at the site in February 2019, Tom and Luisa have held the developer to account in construction working group meetings over the impact of the works on Camden’s air quality - and disruption affecting residents and market traders.
They will continue to press the developer to uphold its commitments to the community at the next Construction Management Working Group meeting on Thursday 23 July.