Derelict Chalk Farm antiques shop to make way for flats

The former solicitors' office has been derelict for 10 years

The former solicitors' office has been derelict for 10 years - Credit: Archant

A former antiques shop which has been derelict for 10 years is to be demolished and rebuilt as a block of luxury flats.

The building at the corner of Haverstock Hill and Prince of Wales Road in Chalk Farm has been a target for squatters for years.

Last Thursday, a Camden Council planning committee approved plans for a three-storey block containing three flats to replace the crumbling building, which has also served as a tobacconist, dentist and sweet shop since 1900.

They pushed the plans through despite concerns from some residents about the design of the new flats, which one said looked like a “bulky collection of Lego-style boxes”.

The plans were approved by a majority of six councillors to three objectors and one abstention.