Town Hall refurb – LB Camden replies

We promised an update once we’d received a reply from the Council on the sudden news about plans to refurbish the Town Hall. One arrived just before Xmas from Councillor Theo Blackwell. On the concerns we’d raised about public consultation, and the need for local residents to be able to comment on proposals before they are fully worked up, Theo tells us: –

“we propose to approach this in the same way as the Town Hall Extension, local consultation on which took place after a number of council papers outlining the business case for proceeding.  A Development Forum will be held at the right time convened by the council as the planning authority (not as the developer).  These are normally held during the planning pre-application process once a formal pre-app submission has been made. The pre-application submission is still being worked up and is likely to be ready towards the end of January. It still needs further work at officer level before it is ready to go.”

Theo then gave us some more general comments about the Council’s ambitions for the scheme, saying  the aim is “to get a better building, create new office space to raise money for public services, restore the historic Town Hall and take a different approach to the Camden Centre (which is used as a nightclub quite often).  This is very much with the mind of enhancing the building and the area.”

We’re promised that consultation with community groups, including the Marchmont Association and residents of Queen Alexandra Mansions,  will be starting in late January. A full planning application is still a long way off – first half of next year (2018) most likely.

One to watch in 2017.

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