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A good place to start on planning enforcement…

13 September, 2018

Councillor Danny Beales

• IT’S great to hear that Town Hall regeneration chief, Councillor Danny Beales, is to get tougher on unauthorised developments, following revelations that Camden serves fewer planning enforcement notices than neighbouring boroughs, (Camden urged to launch confiscation cases against dodgy developers, September 6).

A good place to start would be the new Nisa shop at 101 Brecknock Road, which is trading without planning permission on the site of the former Leighton Arms.

Camden required the developers, Bryanston Investments, to retain the pub in their redevelopment of the building to provide new flats above. Bryanston appealed and lost, but went on regardless to convert the pub into a convenience store, which opened in July. There are also claims that the developer has not abided by planning permission for the flats.

Bryanston have lodged another appeal, presumably on the assumption that the planning inspector will view the unauthorised-but-now-trading shop as a fait accompli and grant permission. Meanwhile, to rub salt into the wounds of locals who want their pub back, Nisa has announced a “Launch Party” on September 21.

Community representatives, including celebrities such as Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, have been protesting against the store for months. They are planning an alternative to Nisa’s “Launch Party”. Residents have until October 27 to lodge objections to Bryanston’s latest appeal (Reference: APP/X5210/C/18/3207640).

The hearing into Bryanston’s appeal will be a great opportunity for Cllr Beales to demonstrate his new toughness.

DEE SEARLE
Camden Green Party

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