Revised 156 West End Lane proposals (planning application no. 2015/6455/P) have been submitted and can be viewed here.
The revised consultation deadline is 10th November 2016.
Please email your objections to firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing application number 2015/6455/P.
Alternatively, download, print and complete the official Camden Council objections form and send it to:
London Borough of Camden
2nd Floor, 5 Pancras Square
c/o Town Hall, Judd Street
London WC1H 9JE
We welcome copies of your comments on the proposals. Please email yours to: SaveWestHampstead@gmail.com
You can read Save West Hampstead "Stop the Blocks!" response to a2dominion's initial Planning Application here.
You can download a copy of the official Camden Council objections form here or by clicking the image below.
Animation shows existing buildings compared to proposed blocks of over-intensive mass, density, scale and height that would dominate the West Hampstead skyline and obliterate views in and out of the Conservation Area. The image of the proposed development was not released to the general public at any exhibitions, or the Development Management Forum.
156 West End Lane Overview
156 West End Lane is the collective name for the Wickes showroom, Travis Perkins builders' yard and offices, and the former Camden offices.
Despite having a single address the site is actually two separate sites, namely the West End Lane frontage and the building supplies storage yard that extends along the back gardens of south-side Lymington Road properties through to Crown Close and the Lymington Road Estate.
The space behind the 156 West End lane frontage was originally intended as a buffer between the back gardens of the homes on Lymington Road and the railway lines.
For over 35 years the open space behind 156 West End Lane has been used successfully as a thriving builders yard, providing jobs locally and supporting over 1,000 businesses and tradespeople each month who in turn employ more people as part of their own organisations. Some Travis Perkins staff have worked on the site for over 30 years.
Despite the long and important history of 156 West End Lane to the local West Hampstead community, developers and the council like to refer to it dismissively as a “brownfield” site.
Adjacent to the open space is a public right of way, Potteries Path – a "side-street" cut-through between Crown Close and the "high street" West End Lane, which the path joins opposite the Thameslink station – as well as a valuable open, green space and children's multi-use play area in Crown Close, and the homes and gardens of Lymington Road residents.
The proposal from the council's "preferred bidder" A2 Dominion would overshadow, overlook and deprive of natural light homes, gardens, living spaces, the open, green space and the children's play area.
Camden want as large a payment as possible for the site and, bizarrely, discussions with councillors have revealed that the value of the site is dependent on the amount of units a developer might get away with building.
In an open letter to Camden Council, Stop the Blocks argued that the council – as owner, vendor, planning authority and beneficiary of monies for the sale of the site – cannot possibly act impartially or with necessary probity in any decisions relating to the publicly-owned assets at 156 West End Lane.
The proposals for 156 West End Lane suggest that it could house between 600 – 800 residents. There is simply insufficient infrastructure to support this number of additional residents into West Hampstead, particularly when the cumulative impact of many developments that are completed or due to complete in the coming years.
The impact from these developments once populated is yet to be seen alongside other large developments:
And this is without including forthcoming proposals for even more blocks on the following sites:
See this map for more on the over-intensive over-developments planned for the West Hampstead area to understand why it is so important that the community unites and fights the destruction of the area and our amenities by private developments that fail to meet the real housing needs of most people.