NOTE - this is the 2016 version of this campaign page; it has been supplemented and partly superseded by the 2017 version.


The 'One Housing' group has submitted a planning application to convert a light industrial site into a high-density housing development. This has attracted fierce opposition from local residents and a wide range of canal users.


Why the fuss?


Click here to see some images of what we are gaining and losing.

Where are the detailed plans?

The detailed plans are on the Camden Council website (try here). You must search for Application Number 2016/1117/P.

DESCRIPTION OF APPLICATION: "Demolition of all buildings on-site and new buildings of 1-6 storeys in height to include 46 residential (C3) units (18 x 1 bed, 19 x 2 bed and 9 x 3 bed) of which 33 would be market units and 13 affordable, new office (B1a) floorspace (604 sq.m) with associated works to highways and landscaping."

How can we object?

OPTION 1. Go to the Camden Council website, navigate to the Planning applications page, search on Application Number 2016/1117/P and click on the link that allows you to submit comments. See our illustrated guide for help.

OPTION 2. Send an e-mail to the case officer and to Your e-mail subject should be "Objection to Planning Application Number 2016/1117/P". This method is useful if you want to send headed notepaper or illustrations.

Whichever method you use, if you need help in expressing objections then please see our brief guidance notes or refer to some examples that are already in the public domain.

The official deadline for comments is 8th April.

Sample objections

Click here.

Press coverage


Click here to see press articles and letters

Fight for light

Click here to see one of the reasons why these plans are so unpopular.

Who cares about freight or local industry?

Clearly the business leaders and planners of today are more interested in short-term solutions than in what they are leaving behind for future generations. They are allowing or encouraging HGVs to saturate our city streets while the purpose-built waterways remain idle.

Here are two London Assembly reports that warn us about the damage this is inflictnig on London.

Deserted Highways

End of Industry in London

Can we reach a compromise?

The current plan is unacceptable and many of us will be urging the planning officer to refuse it before it even reaches the committee stage. But our role does not end there. We need to consider how the scheme can be altered to reach a compromise and the obvious starting point for an alternative design is a direct access route from the road to the canal. Without this feature the site will never be future-proof.

Latest news.

On 17th June 2016 the council officers refused this application. Click here to see the reasons behind this decision.