Today, September 29, is finally the day of our annual Camley Street Harvest Party! Come along to celebrate nature and our community with free food and drink, live music and a bonfire. Residents will also have the chance to register for a chance to be updated on the Camley Street Sustainability Zone project. Sure this is an event not to be missed!
The party will take place at the Alara premises (110-112 Camley Street) and is organised in collaboration with the local businesses.
Please read Elena Besussi’s contribution to the book that Jessica Ferm and John Tomaney are editing on Critical Planning Practices.
It discusses neighbourhood planning from the perspective of community-led planning and Camley Street neighbourhood planning experience is used as example.
The Camley Street/Cedar Way industrial estate and the adjoining streets of houses and flats known as Elm Village are in the London Borough of Camden, just north of Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. The industrial estate and the houses and flats were built in the 1980s.
The businesses on the estate, which currently employ some 500 people, are on short-term rolling leases to Camden Council, which owns the freehold of the site. They face a risk to their continuing operations, in that the Council is currently refusing to renew the leases on a longer-term basis. This suggests that the Council is considering doing something different on the site. It is carrying out a review of its options, although the review is currently delayed. The options involve various forms of partnership with private developers. There is a possibility, therefore, depending on the Council’s eventual decision, that the businesses would be required to seek accommodation elsewhere, that the vacated industrial units would then be demolished, and the site used for purely residential purposes. Given a private developer’s overriding concern to make a profit from its investment, it is likely that most of the residential units would be for sale at market rates.
Under most of the options being considered by the Council, the residents of Elm Village opposite the estate would have very limited influence on the outcome, despite that outcome having a profound effect on their future lives.
A neighbourhood plan and an alternative proposal…
(continue reading here – A Proposed Redevelopment Project)
We are very pleased to see the success of our annual general meeting last night and would like to thank all the 45 attendees that joined us.
All residents and business are very encouraged by the progresses of the project, please see attached files, and all refreshments provided by a local food wholesaler went down very well.
There is a new website giving transparency on Camden Community Investment Program.
The Camley Street Sustainability Zone project is mentioned as a viable alternative development model, please see link here.
You are all invited to the Camley Street Neighbourhood Forum Annual General Meeting next May 18. Please see the invitation for details, we hope to meet you there! CSNF AGM flyer
An interesting and inspiring read to know more on the CSSZ model.
Talk given at Central Saint Martins