Camden Council resolves to approve office to residential redevelopment of social housing group head office

Out-Law News | 25 Jun 2014 | 4:55 pm | 1 min. read

Camden Council's development control committee has voted to approve social housing provider One Housing Group's plans for the residential-led, mixed-use redevelopment of its office buildings at 100 Chalk Farm Road in London. The plans include reducing the available office space to allow for 63 residential units.

The proposed redevelopment would involve the demolition of three office buildings and a car park currently occupying the site and their replacement with three new buildings of between two and eight storeys. The two-storey building will sit next to the Grade II listed Camden Roundhouse performing arts venue, under the plans.

The scheme includes 63 residential flats, each containing between one and three bedrooms, six of which are proposed to be classed as affordable housing. The ground floor of the new development will include a small supermarket and 286 sq m of restaurant or cafe space. Office space will be provided on the ground, first and second floors.

Plans also include a residents' roof garden and a landscaped public open space to the front of the development.

The proposals were considered at a meeting (11-page / 3.0 MB PDF) of Camden Council's development control committee on 8 May. The committee resolved, by four votes to three, to grant conservation area consent, listed building consent and planning permission subject to a section 106 agreement.

"The redevelopment of the site to provide predominantly residential and commercial uses is welcomed by the Council", wrote the planning officer in his report to the committee. "Although B1a [office] space would be lost on site, new units of significantly better quality and flexibility with the potential to be attractive to small and medium sized enterprises would be re-provided."