Instead of being just one weekend, the festival will go from 19 September to 27 September. There will be events, online events, booked tours, self-guided walks, and many more. The main Open House weekend will be 19 & 20 September.
Events in Camden include:
Self-guided tours around Camden (both walking & cycling)
Guided tour of Somers Town
Edwardian Art & Architecture tour in Bloomsbury
St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way
Shaftesbury Theatre , Shaftesbury Avenue
St Pancras Chambers & Clock Tower, St Pancras Station, Euston Road
Hampstead Friends Meeting House, 120 Heath Street
Acland Burghley School, Burghley Road
Fitzroy Park Allotments
Warehouse refurbishment, 9 Jeffrey’s Place
Photographic exhibition at Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square
Bloomscape online event run by John Birkbeck School of Arts
A building owner can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”.
They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. Similarly, commercial properties have different permitted development rights to dwellings.
In some areas of the country, known generally as ‘designated areas’, permitted development rights are more restricted.
Changes to planning regulations to “reduce red tape” should make it easier for housebuilders, but could potentially lead to lower quality housing being built.
Many felt there should have been a requirement for “net zero carbon” new developments, especially given the Government’s international carbon emissions commitments (and their own legislation) – this might be addressed by future regulations.
There is a new “Permitted Development right” for owners of detached blocks of flats to add up to two extra floors, without needing full planning permission. This can impact leaseholders by increasing the building value and making it harder to buy out the freehold (let alone the disruption caused by an owner actually adding two extra floors).
An explanation of permitted development rights will need to wait for a different post.
For those interested, here is a link to the draft legislation:
During the coronavirus pandemic, funding has been made available to house rough sleepers in hotels, under the “Everyone In” scheme. 160 rough sleepers are currently being housed by Camden Council in temporary accommodation.
Despite rumours that the Westminster Government are not going to continue the scheme once the current funding runs out, the Council have confirmed that funding will continue for at least the next three months.
Camden Council has a consultation open at the moment regarding the future direction of licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). An HMO is a shared home, including house & flat shares, student homes, bedsits and some buildings converted into flats.
The Council has an existing licensing scheme for private landlords, and the aim is to improve the quality of homes in private rental. The existing scheme finishes in December 2020, and the Council wants feedback before starting a new system (or extending the existing system).