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Primrose Hill development row continues

PUBLISHED: 14:11 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 September 2010

OPPOSITION is mounting to the proposed seven-storey block in Primrose Hill which campaigners say will spoil beautiful views and destroy London's skyline. Now objections have also stacked up against the proposed sister block in Camden Town which would acco

OPPOSITION is mounting to the proposed seven-storey block in Primrose Hill which campaigners say will spoil beautiful views and destroy London's skyline.

Now objections have also stacked up against the proposed sister block in Camden Town which would accommodate the required social housing aspect of the development.

Camden Regeneration Ltd has applied to demolish the empty 10-flat Barrow Hill building in St Edmunds Terrace and replace it with a bigger luxury block with 22 flats and houses, underground parking and fitness facilities.

To meet planning obligations they have to construct a 13 storey, 72-flat block at Twyman House on Camden Road with office and retail units.

Architect Peter Clapp, based nearby in Jeffrey's Place, said: "These are quite the most outrageous and most cynical planning applications that have been made in Camden Town in recent years.

"They are both massive overdevelopments. These developments will have a socially damaging impact on Primrose Hill and Camden Town. We cannot let a profit motive ruin these spaces for future generations.

"We are all custodians of these vital open spaces, which we need even more as the pressures on out lives increase."

The Friends of Regent's Park and Primrose Hill are also against the "unacceptable" plans which would impact on views.

But Anna Snow, planning consultant from Turley Associates representing the developers, said: "Primrose Hill is an emotive site so anything there will always cause an issue. This is a very high quality, sustainable building which is 27 metres high and six to seven storeys. We are also proposing a lot of planting on the site and in the park.

"It will provide 22 units which is very low density and you can see it from Primrose Hill but you can see what is there at the moment from Primrose Hill.

"Camden Town is a very different site in a built up urban area and this is a regeneration project.

"We have done a lot of consultation with the neighbours and the building reflects the height of what is already there opposite.


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