Fitzrovia Area Action Plan (FAAP) - consultation on draft plan

Closed 31 Jan 2013

Opened 6 Dec 2012

Results Updated 19 Jul 2013

In response to continued significant pressure for development in Fitzrovia, Camden has prepared an Area Action Plan to help shape the future of Fitzrovia. (The Plan area also includes parts of Bloomsbury). Issues the Plan addresses include balancing the need for residential, institutional and commercial uses, protecting residential amenity and ensuring that development proposals bring real benefits to the area such as open space, housing, community facilities.

In February 2012, we consulted residents and local businesses on a working draft of the Fitzrovia Area Action Plan and some of you submitted your views. The Plan was substantially revised to take account of the views submitted early last year, and a new "Proposed Submission" Plan was issued for consultation from December 2012 to January 2013. In April 2013 we sent the Proposed Submission Plan to the government for public examination by a Planning Inspector, along with all the comments we received on the latest version. In July 2013, the Inspector held public hearings to discuss whether the Plan is sound and if there are other issues that need to be addressed. There will be consultation this summer 2013 on changes to the Plan arising from the public hearings, and the Inspector expects to issue her report in November 2013. We anticipate that the Council will then adopt the Plan so it can be used to make decisions about planning applications in Fitzrovia and the south-western part of Bloomsbury.

Overview

We are consulting on a draft plan for an area between Euston Road, Cleveland Street/ Charlotte Street, New Oxford Street and Gower Street. The plan is needed to deal with the impact of development pressure on the area.

The plan aims to ensure that growth delivers maximum benefits in terms of open space and other public spaces, housing, affordable homes, community facilities and locally produced energy. It sets out land use principles, urban design principles and development principles for 14 opportunity sites where development is likely to take place.

Why We Are Consulting

Camden Council is carrying out further consultation to seek your views on the Fitzrovia Area Action Plan – Proposed Submission draft. This has been drafted in the light of comments we received during consultation on a working draft between February and September 2012.

The draft Plan covers an area between Euston Road, Cleveland Street/ Charlotte Street, New Oxford Street and Gower Street. The eastern part of the Plan area forms part of Bloomsbury. The Plan is needed to deal with the impact of continued development pressure on the area, on its physical environment and on its residential communities.

The Plan sets out a vision for the creation of a harmonious co-existence of uses and users by:

  •  striking an appropriate balance between residential, institutional and commercial uses;
  • addressing the impact of growth on residential amenity;
  • creating a high quality physical environment; and
  • ensuring that growth delivers maximum benefits in terms of open space and other public spaces, housing, affordable homes, community facilities and locally produced energy

The Plan seeks to take forward this vision through:

  • land use principles indicating how we will apply existing policies in the particular circumstances of the area;
  • urban design principles and defined character areas indicating how we will apply existing design principles in the Fitzrovia areas and its distinctive parts, and identifying opportunities to enhance public open spaces and street spaces;
  • guidance on 14 opportunity sites where development is likely to take place in the next 15 years, including master planning principles for groups of adjacent sites

You can see the documents and find out how to respond at: www.camden.gov.uk/ldf, or visit;

St Pancras Library,
Camden Town Hall Extension,
Argyle Street,
London
WC1H 8NN

Open: Mon 9am-7pm, Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm (closed Sun).

Please send in your comments to arrive on or before Thu 31st January 2013, by email to LDF@camden.gov.uk or by post to the address below:

London Borough of Camden

Strategic Planning and Implementation Team

6th Floor

Town Hall Extension

Argyle Street

London

WC1H 8EQ

What Happens Next

Following public consultation, we will send the Plan to the Government for public examination by a planning inspector. In the light of representations we receive during the consultation we will also prepare a list of the Council's suggested amendments for consideration by the planning inspector as part of the examination.

Areas

  • Bloomsbury

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Business and local economy
  • Community and living
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Leisure
  • Policing and public safety
  • Social care and health
  • Transport and streets