HS2: Planning application submitted for HS2 replacement homes in Camden
We've submitted a planning application for the new Council homes needed to replace those set to be lost to High Speed 2 (HS2) on Regent's Park Estate.
Over 200 homes in Camden are earmarked for demolition due to HS2 - many of them occupied by council tenants and leaseholders.
Camden Council secured funding from HS2 Ltd. in March to build replacement homes for council tenants due to lose their flats if HS2 goes ahead. This payment also allows the Council to build enough new homes to offer resident leaseholders the opportunity to remain in the area and provide a small number of additional affordable homes for local residents.
The application will ensure that suitable replacement housing in the Euston area that meets the needs of tenants and resident leaseholders standing to lose their homes due to the Government’s HS2 scheme, is ready in time and that residents only have to move once.
Councillor Phil Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: “We have fought to ensure that if HS2 is imposed on Camden against our local views that the needs of those residents who will be displaced are prioritised. This application marks a major step towards ensuring people who are due to lose their homes to HS2 get new flats in the area they know and love. These new homes will be paid for by HS2 Ltd and the sites selected have involved extensive community consultation on Regent’s Park estate.
“Camden continues to face all the pain and no gain from HS2. The council will continue pressing for proper mitigation and compensation for local residents and businesses if the misguided project proceeds.”
The planning application includes proposals for homes for 66 tenants and 24 resident leaseholders on Regent’s Park Estate, supplementing the 70 flats secured for tenants when HS2 Ltd. agreed to pay the Council for newly built apartments in Stanhope Street in August 2014.
The application is for 116 homes on eight sites. We intend to submit a second linked application for five private units above the Camden People’s Theatre in June.
Along with the replacement homes that are required, these two planning applications will seek approval for 16 additional affordable homes in the area and 15 homes for private sale, which will be marketed to local people first. The additional homes are required to provide flexibility in case of changes to family size, increased demand from resident leaseholders and contingency in case of unforeseen delays at any of the other sites.
Have your say
You can come and see the planning application, including the latest proposed designs of the replacement homes, at an exhibition on Tuesday 9 June, 2-8pm, Surma Centre, 1 Robert Street, London, NW1 3JU.
You can comment on the application by:
- Submitting an online form via the council’s website
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Writing to the Planning team, Camden Council, m5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG.
Albany Street update
Throughout the replacement homes consultation we pressed the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to release the former police station on Albany Street for replacement housing – however, MOPAC resisted this request at the time because of its own requirements for the site.
As a result of our ongoing conversations, MOPAC responded earlier this year to confirm that they would be willing to discuss the future use of the site once more. Our officers are in contact with MOPAC and we hope to hold a meeting with them very soon. Our ambition is that this site can be used for much needed housing in the future.
Camden Council opposes plans for HS2 as currently proposed. If the government does go ahead with the scheme, Camden is committed to securing the best deal for our communities. Find out more here.