This update has come in from Michael Parkes who wrote about gentrification in Somers Town on this site.
Bad news from the Oral Hearing held on 7th February. After nearly two hours of argument, Mr Justice Jay sided with Camden Council and refused our application for Judicial Review. His reasoning appeared to be that London Plan policy does not offer sufficient protection to private open space to halt the application. He was also convinced that Camden’s planning committee was aware that Somers Town was an area of more limited change when it agreed that the tallest residential tower in the borough should be built on one of its parks, in which case the committee was within its rights to give consent.
This decision means that Somers Town is now facing an estimated seven years of building on its parks and “regeneration” of its estates at the same time as HS2 lorries are circling our estate, Crossrail 2 are building a station beneath us, Maria Fidelis school is being rebuilt, and, in all likelihood, the British Library extension and associated buildings is under construction.
The Forum is meeting to discuss the decision and whether there is any way forward.