The redevelopment of the Liddell Road site
In March 2015 Camden’s planning committee approved the two planning applications for the redevelopment of the site at Liddell Road light industrial estate NW6. The key deliverables of the project are listed below.
Demolition and site preparation work has started in 2015, and regular liaison meetings are taking place between the contractor and the community.
A planning amendment was submitted on 3 June 2016, and local residents should have already received notification from the planning authority. The application number 2016/2727/P and it can be seen in the Council’s planning website camden.gov.uk/planningThe key changes relate to moving the classroom block of the new school building away from the Network Rail boundary. This means that changes have been proposed to the base height of the school building which faces on to the new open space. The pitch (angle) and height of school hall roof is changing, along with details of the windows which overlook the public realm.
Our project plans
Following on from the consultation over the summer of 2014, we proposed that the redevelopment of the land at Liddell Road industrial estate will create:
- A new infant school building for an expanded Kingsgate Primary School. This creates 420 additional primary places in the north-west of Camden, enabling us to meet our statutory duty for sufficient school places. It will provide a new learning environment designed specifically for the youngest children (3 to 7 years).
- New business space to replace the loss of the current light industrial units, providing jobs and employment opportunities for local people.
- New housing along Maygrove Road and in a tall building on the railway side of the site; most of which will be sold privately to pay for the development.
- Additional new public open space on the site, which will extend and enhance the eastern corner of Maygrove Peace Park.
- A new point of public access from Maygrove Road.
Following on from the comments received during the consultation, and after reviewing the possibilities for the site, we asked the design team to make changes to the proposal. The changes also reflected changes to the viability of the scheme. The changes are:
- The height of the tall building was reduced from 14 storeys to 11 storeys by reducing the number of housing units being provided on the site.
- 4 units of affordable housing will be provided, including one wheelchair accessible unit.
- More planting and trees have been added to the new open spaces
For more detailed information about the project, view our Questions
and Answers document (PDF)