An application from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to convert part of its building on Tavistock Place into a restaurant/cafe has been granted – but with significant amendments, following an intervention from Bloomsbury Conservation Area Advisory Committee.
Plans for external seating, lighting and adverts have all been removed, and the internal layout changed to a dual restaurant/education space at the rear of the café. The café will only be open 8am-6.30pm Monday to Friday
In effect, LSH&TM has gone back to creating a meeting space for staff and students, and ensuring the cafe is only open for the same hours as the school. It has also agreed to important restrictions that will prevent the cafe being run by a separate operator, or chain.
Says Debbie Radcliffe of BCACC, “It’s a clear case that compromise is possible when one objects to inappropriate development in our neighbourhood.”
Spotted in today’s Financial Times …
Author Geoff Dyer, currently a resident of LA but once of Camden Town, picks Marchmont St as his favourite London place. “If I could choose to live anywhere in London it would be here” he says.
Judd St Books gets a big mention – “incredibly addictive” and “one of the best bookshops in London”. He reminisces playing on the “dismal-looking” tennis courts of Cartwright Gardens – but has noticed, on a recent trip back to London, that they are now “glamorous and fresh”.
And, for now, free for residents to play. Perfect for a sunny bank holiday.
Minutes alternative. An official record of our AGM will be available soon. In the meantime – here’s a snapshot of proceedings from tweets on the night …
The independent public inquiry on the future of the Tavistock / Torrington Place traffic scheme will begin on Tuesday 3rd October, the Council has announced this week. In the meantime the Secretary of State has given the agreement for the trial road layout to remain in place, until November. This gives us some indication that the inquiry is not expected to last more than a month.
Once the public inquiry has been held, Camden councillors will again look at the scheme, taking into account the report of the Inquiry inspector, before making their final decision about whether to maintain or remove it. By that time the trial layout will itself have been in place for more than two years.
FInally for today – this one caught my eye – interesting update fron Coram’s Fields Users, on the planned week long fun fair in the playground over the summer. Thanks to Daniel Zylbersztajn.
via CFUG: Coram’s Funfair Consultation / Feedback — Coram’s Fields User Group