Site Allocations Review
Camden is growing, and it’s essential we respond to that growth in a way that benefits our whole community. That’s why Camden Council is developing a new Site Allocations Local Plan for Camden. The Plan identifies a number key development sites and areas across the borough. It sets out how they should be developed in the future. They should be planned in a way that respects the local character of the surrounding area. They should also meet the needs of local communities and businesses.
Once adopted this Plan will replace policies in the 2013 Site Allocations Plan. It will be used alongside other policies in Camden’s Development Plan to assess development proposals on key sites and areas.
Consultation on the Draft Plan
Following approval by Cabinet in November 2019 Cabinet we consulted on the draft Site Allocations Local Plan document.
- 01 introduction
- 02 Assessing Potential Sites
- 03 Knowledge Quarter
- 04 Bloomsbury Campus Area
- 05 Camden Goods Yard
- 06 Camley Street and St Pancras Way
- 07 Holborn and Covent Garden
- 08 Kentish Town Area
- 09 West Hampstead Interchange Area
- 10 Individual Development Sites
- 11 Appendices
- 12 Map Legend
The process for preparing Local Plans includes a number of statutory stages including at least two formal rounds of public consultation. The first formal consultation on the Site Allocations Local Plan was carried out between 13 February and 27 March 2020.
Since that consultation ended in March/April 2020 a great deal has happened:
- Camden has declared a climate emergency
- there have been national changes to the planning system
- the New London Plan along with two new Neighbourhood Plans have been adopted
- we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that is likely to have a lasting impact on our work, home and leisure priorities.
We received many requests from local residents and community groups for another opportunity for them to get influence the Plan before we undertake a formal consultation on the next draft (Publication Draft).
To give stakeholders another chance to have their say we hosted a virtual public meeting on the Plan and launched two new consultations using the commonplace website- one focused on policies for growth areas and individual sites and the other focused on climate action in Camden. This period of additional engagement ran until 24 January 2022.
Link to virtual meeting: Site Allocations Meeting video archive - Camden (councilsuk.live)
Link to Site Allocations commonplace pages:
Camden Site Allocations – Commonplace for Growth Areas and individual sites
Camden Site Allocations – Commonplace for Climate action
The comments we received during the consultations will help shape the updated draft Site Allocations Local Plan being prepared alongside the Local Plan Review.
Supporting evidence documents
The policies in the Site Allocations Local Plan need to reflect up to date and relevant evidence about the social, economic and environmental characteristics. In preparing the Camden Local Plan 2017 the Council collected a wide range of evidence. We consider that the majority of this evidence remains relevant and up to date and forms a robust basis for policies within this Plan but for some matters we recognise that there is a need to produce new or updated evidence to support the production of this Plan.
To support the preparation of the Draft Plan we have prepared the following evidence:
- Draft Sustainability Appraisal
- Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
- Infrastructure Study – Baseline Report
- Draft Habitats Assessment Screening