Westminster’s planners delay decision on Cleveland Street site for a second time

Street frontage of commercial building.

Westminster council’s planners have for a second time postponed a decision on an application to redevelop a commercial building at 87–125 Cleveland Street. An email seen by Fitzrovia News says that the application, due to be decided on Tuesday 19 May by a planning sub-committee headed by Westminster's deputy leader Robert Davis, has been taken …

Westminster council to decide on plans for 105 flats with no social housing

End of building.

A planning committee headed by the deputy leader of Westminster City Council is due to decide on Tuesday if a development of 105 apartments in Fitzrovia can go ahead despite the scheme providing no social housing, and in the face of criticism that the council is not being open about its own interest in the …

Fitzrovia West group to hold inaugural neighbourhood forum

Evening view of Great Titchfield Street.

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum has been formally recognised by Westminster City Council for planning under the Localism Act and will hold its inaugural forum this month. "The diversity of people and activities in this area is in danger of irrevocable change," say the forum. "We have seen recent planning applications that take no account …

Last pub on Oxford Street to revert to former name in refurbishment plans

Front of The Tottenham pub

The Tottenham public house is to undergo a refurbishment which includes changing the name of the pub, in proposals submitted by owners Mitchells & Butlers. Applications for listed building consent and other documents were lodged with Westminster City Council in March and show proposals for alterations to the facade, ground floor, new pub signs, and a …

Parents, teachers and children want councils to take action on dog poo and litter

Parents, teachers and children with posters.

Children walking to and from a school in Fitzrovia want Camden and Westminster council's to do more to clean up the streets and pavements around the school. And they've produced some colourful posters to help the councils educate the public and prevent dog fouling and littering. Every weekday morning children say they have to be careful where they step to …

Breakfast in Belgravia: Westminster City Council and rights to light

Ancient lights sign.

Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, declared in his register of interests that on 18 September 2014 he accepted the gift of "Breakfast at the Goring Hotel to discuss Rights of Light" with Westminster Property Association. A warm breakfast and a hot topic for the City Council and property developers, it seems. And also for residents …

A bigger late night club in Newman Street is not wanted

Shopfront.

An application to increase the capacity of a proposed private members club in Fitzrovia is meeting with strong opposition from residents, community groups and local councillors who say it will create a late-night noise nuisance. The application for the premises at 19 Newman Street will be discussed by a Westminster council licensing committee at City Hall this …

Is Newman Street Post Office being closed in favour of a beauty salon or private club?

Front of post office.

Fitzrovia is to lose another post office with the announcement that a branch at 19 Newman Street is to close and there are plans afoot to open a beauty salon or late night club on the site. A notice displayed at the sub post office states: "Following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of …

A ‘crassly over-developed’ scheme planned for Cleveland Street

End of building.

Residents in Holcroft Court and Cleveland Street have received an early and unwanted Christmas present after a planning application revealed the true scale of a huge building development mere metres from their windows. The residents are furious with Dukelease Properties, Assael Architecture, and PR company Four Communications, who stand accused of giving out false information and trying …

Local councils’ community alarm service enables people at-risk to get help in an emergency

Camden poster.

Local councils provide a community alarm service to help residents in Fitzrovia to live independently and safely. Camden Council provides a community alarm service called Careline Telecare. It is a paid-for service that provides equipment that enables at-risk people in the borough to get help quickly in an emergency. "Most of the people Careline Telecare …

V1 death remembered, competition winners, and Lend Lease’s PR company. What the papers have been saying

Newspaper cutting.

The West End Extra has two stories in the latest issue about Fitzrovia. The paper reports on a memorial plaque to honour WPC Bertha Cleghorne who was killed on duty during an a World War 2 air raid. "WPC Gleghorn was killed, aged 33, when a V1 missile struck the rear of Tottenham Court Road police …

GPE’s plans mean more disruption from construction work in Fitzrovia

Office and retail building.

Great Portland Estates' recent announcement of development plans will bring more misery for residents and businesses in Fitzrovia with the news that a site in Wells Street will be demolished and redeveloped, while a less environmentally-damaging refurbishment is planned for a site on Oxford Street. GPE said in their half year results for 2014: "At Tasman …

Fitzrovia West expects decision on forum status

Screenshot of website.

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum is expecting Westminster City Council to formally recognise the forum before the end of the year. The forum is now seeking to engage with property developers in the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area and take part in pre-planning discussions ahead of future planning applications. In an announcement today Fitzrovia West has …

Redevelopment of Langham Street and Great Portland Street buildings threatens small businesses

Corner of building.

A proposal to redevelop a group of buildings in Fitzrovia would force out existing small businesses and mean a significant loss of small office space if the plans get approval from Westminster City Council this winter. The office to residential conversion includes part demolition and extensions on buildings along the boundary of the East Marylebone and Harley …

Westminster City Council wants residents views on area forums

Westminster City Council area forum web page.

Westminster City Council is reviewing its area forums and how it engages with residents. The area forums were set up thirteen years ago to provide a regular opportunity for the council and residents to discuss local and City-wide issues. Now the area forums team at Westminster council says it wants to improve the operation of the …

Affordable housing, viability, and profit

Cover of viability report.

Westminster City Council’s planning applications committee number 4 decided this week to defer a decision on an application to renegotiate a contribution to affordable housing. Instead members of the committee will take the unusual step of “seeing the viability report” and allowing “the applicant to consider a higher affordable housing payment”. In November 2013 the council …

Developer wants reduced affordable housing payment to Westminster Council

Front of building in Eastcastle Street.

A property developer who agreed with Westminster City Council to make a payment for affordable housing is now is pleading poverty and wants to reduce to the contribution to less than half. And Westminster's planners agree, in spite of the fact that the building is close to a Crossrail station. In November 2013 the council …

FOI response tells us what we already knew about Exemplar’s motives over chapel

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel as seen after the hospital was demolished.

A courtesy letter to us from Westminster City Council in response to our petition to preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel did not tell us very much. But documents obtained from The Council under the Freedom of Information Act were more enlightening. On 15 April 2014 Councillor Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, …

Some new faces but same old political parties to represent Fitzrovia

Councillor standing outside polling station.

Some of the faces are new but the political parties are unchanged after the local elections. The parts of three council wards that make up Fitzrovia -- Bloombury in Camden, and Marylebone High Street and West End in Westminster -- have been restocked with men and women of the same political colours as they were …

C20 Society propose heritage listing for Seifert’s Copyright House

Front of building.

The Twentieth Century Society has made an application to English Heritage to list a building on Berners Street saying it is among the best of architect Richard Seifert's early works. Copyright House was constructed as a purpose built office block in the late 1950s and is a rare example of the architect's work from this …