Camden Council reject plans for Little Green Street construction
Camden Council today (28 February 2008) rejected plans to allow construction vehicles access along Little Green Street to a residential building site.
Cllr David Abrahams, Camden Council said:
"We understand and share residents' concerns about construction traffic down Little Green Street.
"The Council has been placed in a very difficult position. We rejected the original housing development off Little Green Street but our decision was over ruled. An independent inspector was brought in and conditional planning permission was granted.
"We acknowledge that the developers in their plans have taken some measures to protect the street. But having considered all the evidence we feel the cumulative impact of the construction vehicles on both the residents and the properties in Little Green Street is still unacceptable."
The Council now has to wait and see if the developers exercise their right to appeal again against the Council. If they do both the Council and residents will again have the opportunity be asked to submit evidence. The developer has to satisfy the Council that it will protect the street before planning permission is granted.
Notes to editors
Planning permission was granted to EUROINVESTMENTS UK LTD on appeal in 2003 for the redevelopment of the former British Rail Staff Clubhouse in College Lane. A planning application for the redevelopment of the site for 20 houses, 10 flats and an underground car park was initially refused under delegated powers by the Council in November 2002. This decision was appealed by the applicant and allowed on appeal.
A independent planning inspector visited Little Green Street and heard evidence from to the Council and residents before deciding to grant permission for the development. The independent inspector concluded that planning permission should be granted as long as the developer demonstrated to the Council how they would protect the street, the houses and minimise any unnecessary disruption to residents during the construction.
After a year of detailed discussions with the Council's planning and highways teams a number of measures were proposed by the developers to protect the site including the use of smaller vehicles, restricted working hours and the presence of a safety marshal.
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