Published: 5 January, 2017
• IN response to Peter Lyons’s letter (Supermarket must do the right thing with its housing scheme, December 29) in which he – correctly in my view – opposes the loss of Morrisons’ petrol station on Chalk Farm Road, this issue must be pursued within the planning application process for the development.
I encourage local residents and businesses formally to object to the proposed loss of the petrol station… in writing to Camden Council at the appropriate time, that is, during the period of public consultation on the developer’s planning application.
Letters should include objections to the proposed change of use on the petrol station site.
And reference should be made to the “Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order”, which sets out different “uses” with legal definitions (see website).
Planning permission is required for most changes of use and the council has the option to refuse planning permission, for which it must give sound reasons for refusal.
In this case these might include:
1) There are no other similar large forecourt facilities within several miles of the Chalk Farm site; and
2) Increased air pollution due to additional vehicle miles required to access alternative facilities; and
3) Increased traffic congestion as vehicles travel to alternative facilities and queue on-street at smaller forecourts.
All of these points are relevant to the proper consideration by the council of the planning application for change of use at Chalk Farm Road.
Objections will be counted.
Fleet Road, NW3