Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, August 2020

There were 24 planning applications registered by Camden Council in Bloomsbury ward during August 2020. They were mostly small applications, pavement licences (PVL) and one major planning application at 247 Tottenham Court Road. Application NumberSite AddressDevelopment DescriptionStatusDate RegisteredDecision2020/3934/PVLCaffe Nero 239-240 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7QP6 tables and 12 chairs, Monday to Sunday 08:00-21:00 New …

Camden hands idverde the contract to create a new park at Alfred Place

Camden Council has awarded the contract to create a new public open space in Fitzrovia to its parks maintenance contractor idverde. How the new park at Alfred Place could look according to illustrations produced by LDA Design. The works to create the new park at Alfred Place will begin in September and be completed by …

Cleveland and Warren ‘streateries’ and ‘boozeries’ approved by Camden

Camden Council has approved plans for "streateries" and "boozeries" in Cleveland Street and Warren Street to help the hospitality trade during Covid-19 restrictions. Plans for "boozeries" and "streateries" in Cleveland Street and Warren Street. The move follows on from other schemes in Fitzrovia approved by Camden and Westminster councils, where on-street car parking is removed …

Westminster council sets out its table on outdoor dining, drinking and toilets

Westminster council has published its latest plans to allow cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars in the West End to set out tables and chairs to increase trading capacity from 4 July when lockdown is eased but while social distancing continues. Some roads will be closed and pavements widened for outside eating and drinking. The temporary …

Developer of underground hotel is ‘abusing planning system’ to increase number of rooms – and Camden Council is letting them get away with it, say neighbours

Construction workers unloading materials.

The developer of an underground hotel in Great Russell Street has taken the first step in seeking planning permission to squeeze an additional 42 guest bedrooms into the former car park four and five storeys beneath street level, in a move the Bloomsbury Association says is an "abuse of the planning system". Centro Planning Consultancy, …

Camden and Westminster councils appeal for volunteers as they announce some services need to change

Stay at home.

The leaders of both local councils serving Fitzrovia have appealed for volunteers and have announced that many services they offer will need to change in response the the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader, Westminster City Council, wrote to community organisations to say: "We have contingency plans in place to keep essential services running …

Short term letting in Charlotte Street building granted permission after enforcement action fails

Front of flats.

A bungled attempt by planning enforcement officers in Camden Council to stop illegal short term letting at a building in Charlotte Street ended with permission being granted for AirBnB-style use to continue on a permanent basis. In a case which is believed to be the first of its kind in Fitzrovia, Camden Council have issued …

Camden criticised over mural restoration contract

Cherry picker on open space.

Camden Council has been criticised for its choice of contractor to undertake the restoration of the Fitzrovia Mural and the way it handled the competitive tendering process. Kristina O'Donnell, whose father and uncle are depicted in the mural, says she is "heartbroken by the decision" to award the contract to Global Street Art to restore …

Drivers advised to avoid area around Tottenham Court Road because of resurfacing of Gower Street

Diversion sign with arrow.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area around Tottenham Court Road due to the resurfacing works that are being carried out on Gower Street from today until Sunday 8 March, and Bloomsbury Street until Sunday 30 March. Camden Council says that it will "begin the resurfacing work on Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street and around …

New venue for Bloomsbury ward councillors’ surgery

Entrance to The 52 Club.

Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors have a new venue to hold regular meetings with constituents. On the first Friday evening of every month, Councillors Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison, or Rishi Madlani will now be available at The 52 Club at 52 Gower Street to meet residents. (They previously used The Fitzrovia Centre.) The 52 Club is …

Gower Street resurfacing and a confusing set of diversions

Road closed signs.

People living on Grafton Way as well as staff and patients at University College Hospital are taking the brunt of the current traffic diversions as Camden Council's West End Project grinds towards its final act. The air on TfL's gyratory around the hospital is thick with traffic fumes and drivers and cyclists are confronted with …

TfL limits buses to 10mph on Tottenham Court Road after ‘a number of collisions’ with pedestrians

Bus at night.

More than five months after Tottenham Court Road changed from one-way to two-way traffic a woman has become the fourth person to be struck by a southbound bus on the same pedestrian crossing. The woman, who has not been named, was hit by a route 29 bus operated by Arriva driven southbound on the central …

Camden seeks views on the cumulative impact of construction projects

It's a little late in the day but Camden's planners have finally woken up to the fact that a pestilence of planning applications and property development south of the Euston Road is having a negative impact on everyone's lives. Camden's strategic planners may be a decade or more behind the times but they are seeking …

Camden Council continue to ignore our pleas to only carry out hedge cutting in the autumn and winter to protect wildlife

Workers cutting hedges.

We've asked time and time again for Camden Council to only carry out hedge cutting with machinery during the autumn and winter months to protect wildlife. Yet despite our efforts we continue to be ignored by a council that seems to be hell bent on carrying out work just to spite us. They did it …

Camden and Mayor’s traffic scheme risks health of hundreds of residents at Fitzrovia council block

Road signs on street corner.

The health of hundreds of residents in a council block in Fitzrovia is being put at risk because their street has been left out of the Mayor of London's new Ultra Low Emission Zone and will have increased motor traffic from a new road scheme designed by Camden Council. Residents living at 30-40 Grafton Way …

Cars, taxis and lorries are not being banned from Tottenham Court Road

Map of part of Tottenham Court Road.

Last week's news in the Evening Standard about cars, taxis and lorries being banned from Tottenham Court Road in three months' time (sic) brought jeers from drivers and cheers from active transport campaigners. But the Standard's story was so full of errors that it failed to describe what is actually happening. Cabbies may be pleasantly surprised …

Designs for Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens go on public display

Glossy image of proposed park.

Camden Council has published landscape designs for a new public park at Alfred Place, a redesign for the existing Whitfield Gardens, and is seeking comments on the proposals this summer. The scheme is part of a £35 million transformation of the Tottenham Court Road area -- "the biggest Camden council-led transport scheme the borough has …

Camden Council gets £870k to tackle rough sleeping

Someone sleeping on the street under a blanket.

Camden Council has secured £870,000 of government funding to assist homeless people in the borough after a count of rough sleepers identified a more accurate picture of its street population. The money, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), is the highest amount awarded for any individual local authority. Neighbouring Westminster Council …

Camden plans two years of chaos with ‘ground breaking project’

Street sign.

Residents and businesses in Fitzrovia will have to endure two years of disruption as work is due to kick off this week to transform the Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road one-way system in what Camden Council describes as a “ground breaking project”. All bus services will move to Tottenham Court Road making the street …

Derwent and Multiplex want 24-hour construction on Charlotte Street

Steelwork at centre of site.

Construction giant Multiplex are pressing Camden Council to allow them to work through the night on Derwent London's largest office and residential development, to play catch-up on a site which has been dogged by delays. Mutiplex wants to pour concrete onto steelwork at the 80 Charlotte Street site overnight between Friday 26 and Saturday 27 …