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Derwent’s Network Building plans fall down on housing and public open space

Derwent London’s latest sortie into Fitzrovia means demolishing yet another large building, and constructing a shiny new, nine-storey commercial block, with little in the way of housing and public open space — contrary to Camden Council’s planning policy. New office and retail space is planned at the Network Building, 95-100 Tottenham Court Road. Image: Derwent […]

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Oxford Street – from Wells Street to Winsley Street

As reported in part one and part two of this extended review, The Survey of London’s latest volume is for the first time devoted to a single thoroughfare — Oxford Street. The Survey, founded in 1894, is a research project to produce a comprehensive architectural survey of central London and its suburbs. In this third […]

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Licensing application: Bellaria Restaurant, 71 Great Titchfield Street

The owners of a restaurant on the corner of Great Titchfield Street and Langham Street in Fitzrovia are (again) seeking permission from Westminster council to operate until later hours for the sale of food and drink, and to add entertainment to their licence. The previous application was withdrawn “due to administration errors”, say Westminster council’s […]

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Residents hold street protest against Camden Council for repeatedly allowing out-of-hours noisy works

Residents in a council housing estate have held a protest against the London Borough of Camden which has allowed noisy out-of-hours work to carry on for months on end. Residents on Grafton Way hold a protest to demand “Peace on Sundays, please”. Photo: Simon Lamrock. Members of the Grafton Way Tenants and Residents Association held […]

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The Piano Man No. 22: ‘The Magic Roundabout’

As a pianist, I have played in a lot of unusual situations. Accompanying magician, Fay Presto, on stage at a magicians’ convention in Southport, despite having been temporarily deafened by the firing of a starter pistol which was part of the show; topping and tailing the weekly burlesque shows at a “colourful” Fitzrovia venue, which […]

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Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, November 2020

There were 16 planning applications validated by Westminster Council in Fitzrovia during November 2020. There are applications for advertising consent, placing of tables and chairs on pavement, removal or alterations to conditions on planning consent, and conditions to satisfy previous planning consent. There is an application to part-demolish and rebuild at 64 Great Titchfield Street; […]

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Westminster Council invites comments on inspectors’ modifications to its City Plan 2019-2040

Westminster Council is asking for comments on modifications proposed by inspectors to its City Plan 2019-2040, a policy document that will control land development in the city by setting out targets for housing, economic growth, and public open space and greenery. The planning document has gone through a number of stages of consultation and was […]

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A history of London’s West End from a place of aristocratic consumption to a centre of popular entertainment and expression

Rohan McWilliam’s impressive history of the West End embraces the area from Kingsway to Bond Street and Oxford Street to the Strand. It is the first in a two-volume project aiming to cover the West End’s story from its beginnings to the present day. Oxford Street lights illuminate a district of consumption and entertainment. In […]

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Residents in shared-ownership homes offered pay-off to settle dispute over problems with badly designed flats

Residents embroiled in a two-year battle with their housing association A2 Dominion over design and maintenance problems at their new homes at Rathbone Square were offered a lump sum to shut up, stop complaining, and engage their own contractor to carry out repairs. Clouds hang over shared-ownership homes (right) at Rathbone Square. Photo: Matthew Covell. […]

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Great Portland Street post office to remain ‘crown’ branch after franchise plan put on hold

Workers at the Great Portland Street post office broke into a round of applause at a meeting this month after receiving news that plans to privatise their branch and run it as a franchise had been dropped. Great Portland Street post office gets a reprieve. But for how long? The seventeen workers at the busy […]