Win £1,000 with Camelot. See this week's Ham & High

on sale 15th October

Game of Thrones star Sean Bean joins battle against Swiss Cottage tower block

07:00 03 April 2014

Campaigners say Game of Thrones star Sean Bean is concerned over the prospect of having a 24-storey tower looming above his home in Belsize Park. Picture: Kevin Winter

Campaigners say Game of Thrones star Sean Bean is concerned over the prospect of having a 24-storey tower looming above his home in Belsize Park. Picture: Kevin Winter

2005 Getty Images

Developers proposing to bulldoze the Ham&High building and replace it with a 24-storey residential tower block have had a rocky start since they submitted their planning bid two weeks ago.

First, Camden Council’s planning website broke down, leaving residents unable to see the designs.

Then it was revealed comments submitted by those concerned about the development “went missing”.

This was blamed on the council’s malfunctioning IT system.

Finally, a promise to put the plans in Swiss Cottage Library failed to materialise.

But a PR’s worst nightmare could now come true for developer Essential Living as opposition campaigners told Heathman they had the backing of a number of celebrity residents – and if you want someone fighting your corner you can’t get much better than Prince Charles and actor Sean Bean.

While the future King has recently publicly derided residential tower blocks similar to the one proposed in Avenue Road, the Game of Thrones actor is said to be fuming over the idea that “the highest residential block in Camden” could be looming above his house in Belsize Park.

A campaigner said there are thought to be about half a dozen other high-profile residents ready to oppose the tower block.


Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 14:59
The Phoenix cinema in East Finchley is due to host a number of films for the UK Jewish Film Festival

Barnet Council has come under attack after becoming the only local authority in the country to charge a popular jewish film festival for screening their films.

Yesterday, 11:34

Police have urged residents to make homes more secure after a spate of burglaries in Highgate and Dartmouth Park.

Yesterday, 11:01
The London Ambulance Service has seen a significant rise in mental health calls

A significant spike in the number of emergency mental health calls received by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has led it to employ specialist nurses in its call centre.

Yesterday, 09:31
The tree has blocked the road south of the A1. Picture: MPSBarnet

Motorists are being advised to avoid The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead Garden Suburb due to a fallen tree.

Mon, 19:00
Travellers arriving at the Liddell Road industrial estate Picture by local resident, 'Jon'

Tory Party candidates claim travellers hurled rocks at them as they tried to take pictures of the site where they have set up home.

Mon, 17:27
Friends of Parkland walk  bramble bash campaign Pictured Alison Gardiner,Emma Walmsley,Robert Laslett,Dave Charie & Cathy Meeus

Volunteers armed themselves with shears to cut back brambles on a beloved nature reserve.

Mon, 15:53
Children's March for Barnet Libraries. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Campaigners have expressed their dismay as a new wave of cuts proposed by Barnet Council could see libraries left unmanned and forced to run largely by volunteers.

Mon, 12:00
Vet Allan Rapley with Highgate councillors Liz Morris and Clive Carter urge Haringey to clean up its act. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Residents and campaigners have spoken out against “Third World” piles of rubbish on Highgate High Street.

Most read news

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


Angharad Baa Stool in Rare Breed.

Great British Life is offering a sheepskin footstool worth £199 to a lucky reader

Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder