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Booze sales blocked at new container complex market

Licensers reject application for new look Buck Street site

07 February, 2020 — By Richard Osley

The new Buck Street Market is opening this month

A NEW “container city” market place in Camden Town has been dealt a blow after licensers refused to allow the units to sell alcohol.

Labtech, which owns a series of sites around the Lock, shut down the Buck Street Market – one of the first to greet visitors arriving by tube – and has been replacing it with a series of sea container-style units.

It is due to open to the public later this month, The transformation has split opinion between people who liked the bohemian nature of the old market and those who felt that it was in desperate need of an upgrade.

The container option was taken up with uncertainty surrounding the future of Camden Town underground station and what form redevelopment work may take. A new entrance is due to be built on Hawley School’s old site in Buck Street, but the project has been delayed at City Hall.

Neighbours had objected to more licensed venues opening in the area.

Kathryn Gemmell from TRACT [Tenants and Residents Associations Camden Town] said “the situation for residents around Camden Market is already intolerable”.

Castlehaven Community Centre also raised an objection, warning the area could “morph into a giant drinking area outstripping Soho”.

On Tuesday evening, Camden’s licensers refused to grant the alcohol licences for the site.

Maggie Milosavljevic, LabTech’s commercial director commented: “While we are disappointed with the hearing decision, we will continue to work closely with the regulatory authorities, residents and our tenants to ensure we deliver unique experiences and concepts such as Buck Street Market for those who live, work and enjoy Camden Town.”

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