It is welcome news that the CMP for 100 Avenue Road redevelopment has been rejected – for now. Residents remain broadly opposed to the project taking place, and many had voiced their concerns about the CMP.
That an adapted version of this CMP could yet pass the committee stage is however worrying. We have repeatedly made inquiries to Council officers and cabinet members alike about whether they are taking into the account the number of disruptive large-scale construction projects scheduled to take place simultaneously in the same area, to no avail.
With further major work to rectify past failures on the Chalcots estate due to start early next year, as well as construction for the CS11 and HS2, we and the residents we represent feel frustrated that no individual is taking a holistic view of, and responsibility for, the impact of having these works coincide. Undertaken at the same time, these projects will create additional congestion and noise, negatively affect our already poor air quality, and threaten the much-loved and successful Swiss Cottage Market.
We reiterate our opposition to the redevelopment of 100 Avenue Road, which will be out of keeping with the area and produce none of the social housing that Camden desperately needs. Given the unlikelihood that the project could be stopped altogether, however, we ask that the Council at least take a pragmatic stance and delay this project until more important works on the Chalcots estate are completed.
Cllr Luisa Porritt
Cllr Tom Simon