Published: 15 March, 2012
by DAN CARRIER
PLANNING chiefs have tonight thrown out developer plans for the Hawley Wharf market site in the heart of Camden Town. Councillors voted 7-5 against the scheme.
Hundreds turned up to watch the decision taken, with many members of the public having to listen from corridors or in breakout rooms from the main Town Hall chamber. It is thought to be the biggest public attendance at the council's development control committee since the proposals for the King's Cross railwaylands were decided.
Stanley Sidings, a conglomerate of developers, own the Hawley Wharf site at Camden Lock and wanted to build a new shopping centre with flats and market spaces and homes. They also planned to include a new primary school.
But the development, on four different sections of land including the canal-side market space which was devastated by the Camden Fire in 2008, was opposed by hundreds of people who say it is badly designed, ignores the wishes of locals, is too bulky and will simply increase the number of night time party-goers and tourists buying tat.
Officials in Camden Council's planning department had recommended to councillors that the scheme should be approved. It was also supported by business interest group, Camden Town Unlimited.
In a knife-edge vote, however, councillors decide to throw out the scheme. The committee had heard passionate deputations from a series of opponents, including councllors Chris Naylor, Matt Sanders and Pat Callaghan.
Dan Carrier was the journalist who first revealed what the Hawley Wharf plans looked like. You can read his original article from last year HERE. See more from him on tonight's meeting on our website tomorrow.
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