Authority objects to £750m revamp of site in neighbouring Westminster
Camden Council has launched an attack on Exemplar Properties and Aviva Investors plans to redevelop the former Middlesex Hospital site in Westminster.
The council wrote to its neighbouring borough last month to raise objections to the plans which are currently being considered by the planning committee.
Camden believes the scheme should be rejected on the grounds it is “incongruous” with the local area “by virtue of its height, bulk and massing”.
It is concerned the Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson proposals would have a detrimental effect on the Charlotte Street Conservation Area for which it has planning authority.
Camden’s director of culture and environment Rachel Stopard also raised concerns the development, “by virtue of excessive parking on site and poor quality of residential and cycle parking”, failed to promote sustainable transport to the detriment of local residents.
Plans for the scheme – which include 237 homes and 314,523 sq ft of office space – were lodged with Westminster on 14 September.
The council has previously backed the larger Make Architects designed scheme for Candy and Candy, dubbed NoHo square.
The total construction value of the development is understood to be in the region of £160m.
Tenders were returned at the end of October and a winning bidder is due to be appointed in the first quarter of 2012.