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700-home development planned in overhaul of Morrison’s supermarket site in Chalk Farm

Public meeting will be held to get feedback from residents

05 December, 2016 — By Ella Jessel

How the new development could look

A SUPERMARKET giant has revealed plans to build a 700-home residential develop­ment at its store in Chalk Farm.

Morrisons have teamed up with developer Barratt Homes to draw up plans for a “new neighbourhood” including a brand-new store with flats above and office workspace.

Early plans for the eight-acre site, to be called the Camden Goods Yard scheme after the land’s former in­dustrial use, outline designs for seven residential blocks comprising up to 700 homes.

Most of the residential blocks will be between seven and nine storeys but the developers are also exploring options including “one or two taller elements of between 10 and 17 storeys”.

According to the developers there will be homes of mixed tenure, including affordable, health and fitness suites, a 24-hour concierge, green spaces and “potential for allotments”.

The development would be phased and an eighth block, built on the Chalk Farm Road petrol station, would provide a temporary home for the supermarket while the “new-look” store and café is being constructed.

There are also plans to improve the access and conn­ectivity to the site, including removing the “unwelcoming retaining wall” along the road to the existing super­market and creating new routes to surrounding areas.

The developer says it wants to create “a new mixed-use community which offers local residents a new neighbour­hood, respectful of the local heritage and character. By day it will be a vibrant area with a new Morrisons supermarket and offices for local businesses, whilst becoming a quiet residential neighbourhood with new public spaces in the evening”.

The entrance to the new Morrisons store would be located near the Horse Hospital, just beyond the railway bridge that divides the site in two parts.

Shoppers would park their cars in an underground car park beneath the new complex instead of the existing sprawling car park next to Gilbey’s Yard.

A spokesperson for Morrisons and Barratt London said: “The plans for the Camden Goods Yard development are at an early stage but would include a new Morrisons store with petrol station along with a range of new homes and affordable properties, offices, shops and extensive public spaces.”

The spokesman encouraged local residents to provide feedback on its proposals and attend a public meeting scheduled for December 5 (Monday). There is also an exhibition in a marquee outside Morrisons.

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