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Vision for new Camden Town tube entrance is revealed

Redevelopment would include up to 70 new houses built, with shops on the ground floor

03 April, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

How the new Camden Town underground station could look

A VICTORIAN school and a pair of classic Georgian houses in the heart of Camden Town have been earmarked for demolition by Transport for London, under plans to create a new entrance to the heavily congested tube station.

The former Hawley Primary School, in Buck Street, has been empty for more than a year since it moved to new premises in nearby Hawley Road – and now has the threat of the wrecker’s ball hanging over it. Historic Georgian houses in Kentish Town Road could also be knocked down under the £200million scheme, which would see a new entrance to the tube created in Buck Street.

The project would include up to 70 new houses built, with shops on the ground floor. TfL considered how to increase the capacity of the station in autumn of 2015 but the most recent consultation, which took place last autumn, looked at plans to build above and around a new, second Buck Street entrance.

TfL said: “We are proposing a residential-led, mixed-use scheme, varying in height from four to seven storeys. We would like to include commercial space for small businesses at lower levels, and approximately 60 to 70 new homes on upper levels. We expect 35 per cent or more to be affordable housing as part of our overall target for 50 per cent housing across our sites.”

One of the houses which could be demolished in Buck Street

Margaret Richardson, of the Camden Town Conservation Area Advisory Committee, which borders Buck Street, said: “There is a very tall building being considered and it is very near the canal. It is a sensitive and ancient area and a building of six or seven storeys is certainly unappealing. There are concerns over its effect on the canal.”

The development aspect is reaching the pre-application stage, and work could start in around three years’ time. TfL say no firm plans have yet been drawn up for new homes or businesses, with no architects appointed or development partners chosen.

Early designs show the new homes could have balconies and a shared courtyard. The project would also see buildings in Stucley Place demolished and replaced with a four-storey block – one floor higher than what is there already.

TfL say there will be a “significant increase” in pedestrians in Buck Street and Stucley Place – so the roads will change in terms of access for cars. The alterations will include a new public square, meaning parts of Buck Street could be permanently closed to traffic. The plan is to keep the station open during the work, though at times one platform may need to be closed and work could take place overnight.

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