Derwent London Development Bid Rejected

The plan to redevelop an office block on Charlotte Street in the London borough of Camden by Derwent London has been soundly rejected by the local council. Derwent London had been hoping for permission for their scheme to redevelop the Saatchi office block after Camden Council decided that the proposal did not even attempt to make an effort to comply with the council’s planning policies. A meeting of the Camden development control committee on the nineteenth of last month became very heated over the issue, with the committee ultimately voting eight votes to three to halt the proposed development.

Derwent London were hoping to be able to increase the office space in the site to 40,000 square metres from its current amount of 25,000 square metres by demolishing The Pregnant Man pub next door to it, as well as developing the current car park into more office space. The idea was also to add nine more floors and create extra space for restaurants and retail outlets in the area.

The planning officers for Camden had recommended the proposal be approved, but critics alleged that the idea was a “grotesque overdevelopment” that failed to meet local obligations to provide adequate market and reasonably priced housing.

The Charlotte Street Association in particular loudly voiced their objections and local residents appalled by the prospect of being surrounded by nothing but offices, with just one minor “pocket park” as open space. “The open space is not enough for the office workers, let alone the surrounding residential community,” argued Councillor Flick Rea.

Derwent London has so far declined to comment on the rejection.

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