Search

Developers threatened with court action over illegal dig

17:00 11 November 2012

Builders dig at New End nurses home

Builders dig at New End nurses home

Archant

A developer has been threatened with legal action after builders set to work on a historic Hampstead home without permission.

The town hall has issued a warning to Karawana Limited which has plans to demolish an old nurses home in New End after two builders – armed with shovels and a pickaxe – started to illegally dig a trench under a grade II listed property which backs onto the site.

Camden Council told the developer last Friday that it could face being prosecuted under the Police and Criminal Act should it try to carry out illegal works again.

Homeowners, who are already concerned about proposals for a three-storey basement under the nurses home, are now fearful the developer will “ride roughshod” over planning procedures and promises given to the community, should Karawana Limited be given the green light to work on the site.

Jane Henderson, owner of the listed property in Hampstead Square, said: “This is just indicative of the way the developer behaves and it is very worrying. Once they have planning permission it will be impossible to control them.”

The builders dug a trial hole next to the listed party wall to test the foundations.

Martin Hicks, who is leading a community campaign against the development, said: “By sending in builders to illegally dig a trial pit alongside the buttresses, the developers rode roughshod over assurances they gave to Camden and to us, sidestepped planning procedures and put at risk an 18th Century wall and listed building.”

Hampstead Town councillor Chris Knight said: “These developers are just seriously taking the mickey. It has become a war of attrition, pushing that envelope as fast and hard as they can.”

In a long-running campaign residents have gathered hundreds of signatures for a petition against previous schemes and now planning officials are considering fresh plans to demolish the 74-bed hostel. Proposals have been submitted to build 17 new homes on the sight – including a basement car park – which used to house staff working at New End Hospital which closed in 1986.

No date has yet been set for a planning hearing.

No-one from Karawana Limited was available for comment.

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Devotees of the late pop star are asking the City of London for a commemorative bench in George Michael’s “favourite park” for his fans to pay tribute to him

A man was beaten to death with a shopping trolley handle during a row, between two groups of youths in Willesden, a court heard.

Theodore Johnson, 63, appeared at the Old Bailey this morning charged with murdering the 51-year-old last month.

Cllr Claire-Louise Leyland will join traders and members of the Camden Neighbourhood Policing team this Wednesday in the Belsize Kitchen.

16:30

An influential publisher and Samuel Pepys enthusiast who lived in Hampstead Garden Suburb for 50 years has died.

14:11

Homeless people in Camden are to be offered extra support as temperatures drop below zero.

11:41

A pair of schools have had their newly-opened buildings blessed by bishops.

Yesterday, 19:08

West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has lost her appeal and had her five year sentence in an Iranian jail upheld by an Iranian court.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now