“This is a great example of how big developments should work – working with local communities to design real neighbourhoods that work for the existing community.”
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
BRITAIN’S LARGEST EVER COMMUNITY RIGHT TO BUILD ORDER – DELIVERED BY THE MOUNT PLEASANT NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM – GOES LIVE!!!
After four years of intensive community engagement, the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum’s Community Right to Build Order – Britain’s largest ever – is open to public consultation until 27 January 2017. To see the planning documents on Camden’s website, click HERE.
The Mount Pleasant Association (MPA) is a company and a Neighbourhood Forum established by the local community group living and working around the proposed development at the Royal Mail Group’s (RMG) Mount Pleasant sorting office in Clerkenwell, London.
The MPA’s objective is to ensure that development in this inner-city neighbourhood serves the needs of all stakeholders and seeks to improve, not worsen, conditions in this special piece of London. We are in the process of formulating a Neighbourhood Plan and have been awarded funding from the GLA through the Community Right to Build Programme to develop an earlier concept design for the Mount Pleasant site, which the Mayor described as ‘very beautiful,’ to a planning application.
The MPA is committed to the sustainable development of our neighbourhood and is in this for the long-haul. We advocate open discussion and constructive dialogue, and welcome collaborative partnerships with those that share our concerns for our city and the manner in which it is presently being developed.
— Oct 3, 2014 —
Boris Johnson approved the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant proposal at a heated hearing at the GLA on 3rd October.The scheme, which is abhorred by members of the local community, was opposed by the Mount Pleasant Association who presented a deputation on behalf of the many community groups and resident associations surrounding the site.
We believe the result, though anticipated, is bad for London and a Pyrrhic victory for the Royal Mail and their ‘award-winning architects.’ In a surprise move, the Mayor applauded the MPA’s alternative scheme produced in collaboration with Create Streets – describing it as ‘very beautiful’ – and urged us to press ahead with developing a planning application.
With the funding we have received from the GLA’s Community Right to Build programme, we will now prepare a planning application that betters the Royal Mail’s and delivers what the community wants and what London deserves – good quality community-led development that serves the interests of all.
Above all, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of you that came to the GLA to support our deputation. The 200-strong ‘audience’ in the public gallery sent a clear message to the Mayor that this was an unattractive proposal put forward by an aggressive and belligerent neighbour, and we remain determined to prevent our neighbourhood from being blighted by their plans.
—- June 2014 —-
EXCLUSIVE: Watch our film, which posed the simple question to the former Mayor: Mr Johnson – will you seize or squander one of the best opportunities in centuries for regeneration in the heart of our capital:
The alternative proposal – Mount Pleasant Circus and Fleet Valley Gardens – has been prepared over many months by Create Streets with the participation of local residents and stakeholders. A collaborative team of highly respected professionals, including Paul Murrain (Urban Designer), Mike Franks (Architect Planner), Francis Terry (Architect), David Taylor (Engineer), Tim Stonor (Space Syntax) and Alexandra Steed (Landscape Architect), have proven that better design and planning on this site can deliver a scheme that offers MORE HOMES for Londoners, MORE and BETTER OPEN SPACES for local residents, HIGHER ECONOMIC VALUE for the RMG and UK taxpayer, BETTER CONNECTIVITY, and has the LOCAL COMMUNITY’S SUPPORT. Mr Mayor, here is a golden opportunity for you to Seize or Squander…
For past media coverage of Mount Pleasant please visit our News Page.
Here is a short film conveying our message to local Councillors…
And here’s a short two minute message to the former mayor, Boris Johnson, who decided the fate of the Royal Mail’s scheme …