At its next meeting, on 16 April, the Forum will hear from Argent about the plans for Building B6, shown in yellow alongside. Though planning approval was granted four years ago, building did not start and the plans have lately been revised. The revised plans for this prominent position near the Regent’s Canal envisage a more heavily clad and even more mannered structure than did the earlier plans.
A planning application (2014/2366/P) for Cubitt Park and Cubitt Square has now been submitted. At the meeting there will be an explanation of how the application relates to the intentions described to the Forum in a meeting last year and reported in the minutes of that meeting.
There will also be an account of current thinking about primary health care provision in the area, as seen by Healthwatch Camden, which is working out options with Camden and Islington Public Health.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 16 April in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
At the meeting on 12 February the Forum heard from architects in the Allies and Morrison and David Morley Architects practices about the plans for the German Gymnasium and the Fish and Coal Buildings. It also had an update from Alex Woolmore of Argent on the implementation of the Section 106 Agreement. In its own business it approved the draft revised terms of reference of the Forum, with small amendments.
The plans are outlined in the minutes of the meeting, along with the discussions on the Section 106 Agreement and the terms of reference. The planning application (2014/1455/P) for the German Gymnasium was submitted two weeks after the meeting was held; the Forum provided a response.
There will be a further meeting, on Wednesday 16 April, to look at other expected planning applications.
At its next meeting, on 12 February, the Forum will hear from Argent about the plans for the German Gymnasium and the Fish and Coal Buildings. It will also receive an update on the near term schedule for the development as a whole and the implementation of the Section 106 Agreement (which is provided in full here and summarised here).
Following this there will be a review of the draft revised terms of reference of the Forum.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 12 February in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
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.