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Picture gallery: Plans for West Hampstead tower submitted by council

PUBLISHED: 16:29 19 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 19 December 2014

A view of the proposed development from Maygrove Peace park

A view of the proposed development from Maygrove Peace park

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The final plans for what would be one of West Hampstead’s tallest towers have been made available to the public after Camden Council submitted the planning application.

The controversial Liddell Road redevelopment would see the levelling of the existing site and the construction of new buildings for Kingsgate Primary School, replacement commercial units and 106 new homes.

The council says the construction of the additional school buildings – set to be around half a mile away from the current school – will provide “much needed” space for 420 more primary school places.

But the plans have led to serious concerns among some community groups, business associations and residents in West Hampstead.

Currently home to 24 businesses, existing traders at Liddell Road had previously pleaded with the council to not kick them out of their premises saying they won’t be able to find new homes.

The height of the 11-storey residential tower has also put the council at loggerheads with the West Hampstead Neighbourhood Development Forum (NDF) which deemed any building higher than six storeys risks damaging the area.

There is also anger after just four of the housing units intended to be provided are affordable.

This is despite the project delivering a £3million surplus for the council, which it intends to invest in its Community Investment Programme elsewhere in Camden.

The council says the provision of new school buildings means the development brings benefits to the community other than affordable housing.

The proposed development is intended to be delivered in two phases. Phase One involves the demolition of existing buildings and clearing of the site, as well as the construction of the school and the creation of a new access road from Liddell Road.

Phase Two will see the construction of three new blocks: a five storey building for commercial use; and 11 and five-storey residential buildings.

Residents can submit their comments on the application until January 9 via the council website.

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