How the West End Lane development could look
Published: 18 January, 2016
By ELLA JESSEL
RESIDENTS battling against plans to build blocks of flats on a plot of council-owned land in the heart of West Hampstead have handed hundreds of individual objections to the Town Hall.
They gathered outside Camden Council offices at 5 St Pancras Square on Friday to register their objections to A2Dominion’s proposals for 164 new homes in West End Lane.
Council offices on the site have stood empty for three years, but were briefly occupied by squatters at the end of last year.
Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins still operates from the ground floor.
Contracts were exchanged for 156 West End Lane in November but completion of the sale is still subject to planning permission.
Funds from the sell-off will go towards paying for the council’s new offices at 5 Pancras Square, which include a leisure centre and library, as well as funding affordable housing.
But the design proposals have caused uproar, with four residents’ associations and campaign group Save West Hampstead joining forces against “totally inappropriate” plans.
Concerns raised include the density and “bulk” of the blocks, which residents say will cast a shadow over homes in neighbouring Lymington Road and ruin the “village feel” of West Hampstead.
Questions have been raised over whether the 50 per cent of affordable homes pledged by the developer will be “genuinely affordable”.
A2Dominion proposes to build 23 per cent affordable rent (80 per cent of market rates), 24 per cent shared ownership and 53 per cent for private sale
Danny Lynch, A2Dominion development director, said: “Our proposals are to provide 50 per cent affordable housing, in line with Camden Council’s policy, including both affordable rented and shared ownership homes.”
Finance chief Councillor Theo Blackwell said: “The plan is to get a site with a really large amount of affordable housing which will help people on our waiting list. All of these matters will be debated when the application comes to committee.”
The proposals will go to the planning committee at the end of February at the earliest.