At its meeting on 25 November the Forum discussed whether to disband and, if so, how related work should continue. There was strong support for ensuring that the occupants of King’s Cross Central could influence future social, economic and environmental conditions in the area. With the active involvement of local groups and individuals, and its own experience, the Forum could become effective in representing all occupants. In doing so it would build on the initiatives taken by the Saxon Court and Rubicon Court residents association and would extend to other buildings as people came to live or work in them.
The Forum therefore chose to continue its work, with a growing emphasis on community matters besides planning applications. With this in mind it appointed new officers. They, with other members, can now begin to plan future actions to put into effect the broad objectives of the Forum.
Sometimes being effective requires rapid responses. The Forum noted that the plans for the Google building (outlined here) were being rethought on a tight time scale. There was therefore a chance to persuade Google of the merits of reinstating a bridge over the railway lines. To help with this you can sign or add comments to the open letter.
The Forum also noted that premises for small businesses would not be provided in King’s Cross Central until 2015 at least, though they were needed now.
A fuller account of all these matters is in the minutes of the meeting. The meeting was also the annual review meeting; the annual review report is here.
Should the Forum disband? If so, which organisations and people will continue related work? These are the questions for the next meeting of the King’s Cross Development Forum (on 25 November).
The Chair is proposing that the Forum disband. Please read the case for closing down. Please, also, devise proposals for continuing and redirecting the work, in the Forum or a different organisation, if you feel that this should happen. If you have your proposals ready in time, please send them to us so that they can be circulated before the meeting.
At its next meeting, on 25 November, the Forum will have:
- A review of the past year (reported here).
- A discussion and decision about whether to continue.
- The election of the officers for the coming year, if any are needed.
The Forum meeting will be from 7:00 to 9:00 on Monday 25 November in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall. It is open to the public (as are all Forum meetings). If you are unable to attend it but want to make proposals or to comment on proposals by others, please contact us so that your position can be taken into account at the meeting.
At its meeting on 13 June the Forum heard from Simon Allford of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris about the detailed plans for Zone A of King’s Cross Central (along the railway lines to the south of Goods Way). It then heard from the project manager in Argent and the landscape designer of Townshend Landscape Architects about the intentions for Cubitt Park and Cubitt Square.
The plans and proposals are outlined in the minutes of the meeting, which also have some pictures from the plans. The planning application (2013/4001/P) for Zone A was submitted two weeks after the meeting was held. Forum members can now comment on it.
The meeting also discussed the attempts by Argent to attract retailers to Rubicon Court. That discussion, too, is summarised in the minutes.
At its next meeting, on 13 June, the Forum will hear from Argent about the plans for:
- Zone A (the office complex next to the railway for Google).
- Cubitt Park and Cubitt Square (the spaces coloured in green and red alongside).
- Shops and services for occupants.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Thursday 13 June in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
At its meeting on 16 May the Forum heard from architects in the Stanton Williams and Bell Phillips practices and the Argent project managers about the detailed plans for:
- T5 (the student housing for the Aga Khan University).
- R5 (the block completing the housing cluster started with Saxon Court on York Way).
- Gasholder 8 (the open gasholder frame).
All of them have emphases on sculptural forms and facings (as exemplified above, for Building T5), but they draw very different conclusions.
Two of the plans had already been submitted as planning applications (2013/2481/P for Building T5 and 2013/1573/P for Building R5). The Forum opted not to respond to them, but its members might make their own responses. The minutes of the meeting describe the buildings as seen from the outside and include some pictures.
The minutes of the meeting also summarise the discussions of the establishment of tenants and residents associations and a meeting of the Construction Impact Group. That meeting covered:
- The pollution and noise experienced by occupants.
- The numbers of lorry movements.
- Spoil removal from ground preparation works.
- Waste disposal from buildings when occupied.
There will be a further meeting, on Thursday 13 June, to look at other expected planning applications.