HS2: Residents ready to have their say on latest designs for replacement homes

Residents can have their say on the latest designs of the homes needed to replace those lost to High Speed 2 (HS2) at two workshops and in a six-week online consultation.

You can view the plans and respond online by completing this survey.

To see the plans and comment in person, come to workshops on:

  • Saturday 7 March, 10am to 2pm Netley Primary School, 74 Stanhope Street, London NW1 3EX
  • Tuesday 10 March, 3 to 8pm Surma Centre, 1 Robert Street, London NW1 3JU
    (You can talk to someone from the council’s housing team about how the homes will be allocated from 3-6pm at this session)

The Council intends to apply for planning permission in May 2015 for nine sites to build the replacement homes needed.

The sites are Robert Street car park, Dick Collins hall, the Former One Stop Shop space, Varndell Street corner, Newlands plot, Cape of Good Hope, Camden People’s Theatre, The Victory pub and St. Bede’s Mews. The two sites that will not be taken forward as replacement housing are Troutbeck rooftop homes and Staveley and Newby.

The sites have been chosen on the basis of residents’ feedback and because they provide the number of homes that are needed and can be developed before HS2 Ltd say they need to begin to demolish homes on Regent’s Park estate in January 2018. Planning advice, technical assessments and more detailed plans from the architects also informed the decision.

Leader of Camden Council, Councillor Sarah Hayward, said: “We oppose current plans for HS2 because they’ll cause decades of disruption but we must also prepare for the scheme being imposed on us

“Residents losing their homes to HS2 told us they want to stay within the communities they know and love and all the sites we’re taking forward are within ten minutes’ walk of their current homes. We want to hear residents’ thoughts on the latest designs for these homes.

“We would love to use the former police station on Albany Street, one of residents’ favourite sites that has previously been unavailable to us. We are encouraged that MOPAC may be willing to negotiate on the use of this site, so I will be inviting them to get round the table so we can discuss using it for much needed housing."

Councillor Hayward, wrote to Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, in December last year to call on MOPAC to release the former police station on Albany Street. A recent response from MOPAC states that they are willing ‘to revisit the issue and to have further discussions with your office’.

You can read more about our call for Albany Street on our website.

More information

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.