Open House 2020

St Pancras London
St Pancras

The annual Open House festival allows people to view interesting buildings around London that are not normally open to the public, or that you might not have heard about.

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/

This year’s event will be a bit different.

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

Job opportunities with Camden Council Property Management

If you are interested in working for Camden Council’s Property Management Team, they are having a recruitment video call on Wednesday 29 July between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

Note that the video call will be using Microsoft Teams software.

The details can be found below:

Date: Wednesday 29th July 2020
Time: 10am start

Continue reading “Job opportunities with Camden Council Property Management”

Draft Planning Document for Canalside to Camley Street

The Camley Street and St Pancras Way area is seeing a number of changes at the moment, and further (contentious) development proposals will happen in the near future.

So Camden Council have developed a draft Planning Document for the area, setting out key issues, planning objectives, and design principles.

Camley Street Supplementary Planning Document site plan
Camley Street Supplementary Planning Document site plan

The draft Planning Document is designed to fit in together with the existing Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan.

The documents can be downloaded from this page on the Camden Council website:

https://www.camden.gov.uk/canalside-to-camley-street-draft-supplementary-planning-document-spd-?inheritRedirect=true

Feedback on the draft Planning Document can be given until 25 September 2020:

https://canalsidetocamley.commonplace.is/

If this affects you, please give your feedback.

What is a “Permitted Development Right”?

The following information is based on the Government’s Planning Portal.

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.

Continue reading “What is a “Permitted Development Right”?”

Government announces changes to planning laws

On 30 June the Prime Minister announced proposed changes to the planning laws designed to make it easier to build new homes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-build-build-build

There are some controversial aspects to it:

  • 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:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/632/pdfs/uksi_20200632_en.pdf

Rough sleepers to stay in hotels amid funding row

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.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/rough-sleepers-to-stay-in-hotels-amid-lockdown-funding-row

Houses in Multiple Occupation Consultation

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).

Loader Loading…
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Download [693.53 KB]

If you want to have your say, there isn’t much time left!

Reply to www.camden.gov.uk/hmoconsult by Sunday 08 March .

Do you need help reading your meter?

Camden Council is starting a meter reading service.

Many residents can no longer access electrical meters in communal cupboards, but if you need your meter read, Camden’s meter reading service can do it for you.

If you r electricity meter is in a communal area and you need a meter reading, call Contact Camden on 020 7974 4444 option 3 then option 5, or email meterreading@camden.gov.uk .

DMC Meetings – March 2020

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hampstead DMC has been cancelled.

The next round of meetings for the DMCs are:

  • Tuesday 03 March – Kentish Town DMC
  • Wednesday 04 March – Camden Town DMC
  • Thursday 05 March – Gospel Oak DMC
  • Tuesday 10 March – Holborn DMC
  • Thursday 12 March – Hampstead DMC

Camden Council meeting schedule

As always, if you have any issues that you would like to raise, please contact the CASP Committee on casp.committee@yahoo.co.uk or by using the Contact form on this website.