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Camden Council resolves to approve details for Kings Cross Central park and square

Camden Council's development control committee has voted to approve developer Argent's proposals for the design, layout and landscaping of a new park and public square in London's Kings Cross, according to a report in the Estates Gazette . 

The proposed 6,647 square metre park and 3,708 sq m square, referred to in the plans as Cubitt Park and Cubitt Square, respectively, will form part of the 260,000 sq m Kings Cross Central development on former railway land to the north of Kings Cross Station.

The soft-landscaped park is proposed to include three zones divided by sculpted landforms: a reception zone at the boundary with the square to the south, a community zone to the north, and a large central activities zone for sports and activities. Most of the park will be covered in lawn, with a row of plane trees along the western boundary.

The granite-paved square adjacent to the park is designed to provide civic space that can be used for events for up to 2,250 people. The developer anticipates use of the square for markets, theatre events, concerts and as a cinema. Plans include planting beds, benches and a line of water fountains with arcing jets along the eastern side of the square.

The proposals were on the agenda for consideration at a meeting (12-page / 3.0 MB PDF) of the Council's development control committee on 19 June, having been recommended by a planning officer for approval with conditions.

"The proposals will provide two adjoining areas of public open space which have been designed to a high standard", wrote the planning officer in her report to the committee. "Cubitt Square and Cubitt Park will provide the local community with space for outdoor recreation, informal sport and play whilst creating a focal outdoor space at the Kings Cross Central for visitors to visit and enjoy."

"Long off the mental map of Londoners, this new district above the Regent's Canal will become a vibrant part of the city, and at its heart will be these two attractive and contrasting public spaces", said Laurie Olin, designer of the square, in a statement.

Both the park and the square are expected to open in early 2015.

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