Planning Application Responses

One of the main aims of the Mount Pleasant Forum since the Royal Mail submitted their 5,000 page planning application to Camden and Islington Councils in June 2013 has been to encourage local residents and stakeholders to engage in the planning process by submitting responses to their respective Planning Officers.

The statutory period within which members of the public were expected to read, digest and respond to this highly complex  document was three weeks – the same time given to a minor intervention in a private garden.  The MPF successfully secured a concession from both Councils to accept responses up to the time the application came before Council. This was due for October 2013 and has since been postponed.

Below are a small sample of the many responses submitted by groups and individuals:


Calthorpe Street Residents’ Association

Laystall Court Tenants’ and Residents’ Association

Margery Street Tenants’ and Residents’ Association

The Amwell Society


Mr O Bennett

Mr N Christian

Ms C Cinnamon

Dr E Denison

Dr M Hansard

Mr T Heatherwick

Mr D Lonsdale

Ms M Rowe

4 thoughts on “Planning Application Responses

  1. The text of my own letter is given below.
    You are welcome to add it to the site.
    Congratulations on getting the website up.

    Dear Councillors and Planning Officers

    I would like to lend my wholehearted support to the excellent campaign being fought by local people to demand the rejection of planning applications made for the former Royal Mail site in Bloomsbury / Clerkenwell.

    I request most strongly that you take time to watch the excellent film made by members of this campaign which articulates the grounds for our opposition, as residents, to this proposal. This can be found at:

    For my part, I have no objection to the development per se – and no objection to its density. However, the proposal that has been submitted is quite simply bad architecture:

    • It is based on a flawed reading of the site that fails to grasp the character of the space or understand its (his)story
    • The fact that architects were unaware of the presence of a main primary school shows their obliviousness to the life of surrounding communities
    • Connections made across the site are poorly made
    • The aesthetic quality and materiality of proposed buildings is low-grade, insipid, uninspired and bland
    • The misguided configuration of open space into a single big area called “the garden” will produce a corridor that is overshadowed, windswept and unwanted
    • Fantastic design opportunities within the site are being missed, such as the opportunity to create a linear park by closing Phoenix Place to traffic
    • Major problems of the site have been poorly addressed, such as the flawed response to the Holiday Inn hotel eyesore
    • Major opportunities of the site are being missed, such as the opportunity to create a green link on Phoenix Place and the opportunity to better address the problems at the five-way junction.

    These are just some of the problems.

    I urge you please to use this moment to ask, on behalf of the people you represent, for something much better for this site.

    Yours faithfully
    Maisie Rowe

  2. Hello, how could i get involved against the approved planing application? I am a resident of Grays Inn Buildings and i can see that our association is not registered to your campaign.
    Would you be able to give me some printed material to go door to door on my building around 130 flats and inform them? So far none cares or is aware of the high rise monstrosities they are planing to build across the road from us..

    • Thank you for your comment. We’d be delighted if you can get involved and represent your building. We are in the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan and need representatives in every street and/or block to communicate effectively with everyone in our neighbourhood.

      Please sign up to our mailing list by inserting your email in the box on our Contact page.

      We’ll be holding a public consultation for our ‘alternative’ scheme on 8 June in the Margery Street Community Hall from 9.30am-8pm. Please come along any time and tell your neighbours and friends.

      See you soon!

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