Category Archives: Central developments

Introductory notes

Outline planning permission was granted in December 2006 for nearly 8 million sq ft of land to be called “King’s Cross Central”. This includes up to 25 large office buildings, 20 new streets, 10 new public spaces, the restoration and refurbishment of 20 historic buildings and structures, and up to 2,000 homes. The details are in the main planning application.

The planning permission requires the developer to implement a Section 106 Agreement. This identifies contributions to the neighbourhood that the developer must make when the development reaches certain stages. The sums of money and purposes of these contributions are summarised in extracts from the Section 106 Agreement.

The development comprises zones, each with a code, displayed on the block plan. Some of the existing and proposed buildings are identified on this rather outdated map.

The developers, Argent King’s Cross, provide some interactive maps, with descriptions of the buildings. They also produce a quarterly news letter that provides information about progress in the development.

The developers must apply for detailed planning permission for each part of the site, so planning processes, potentially including public consultations, must be followed before permission is granted. Responding with comments about the applications can be worthwhile even after the consultations have officially ended.

Almost all of the planning applications for King’s Cross Central are made to Camden Council. The planning reference number of the application in the system used by Camden Council typically takes the form yyyy/xxxx/P. The first four figures are the year; the following four identify the application and are issued consecutively through the year. The suffix ‘P’ means ‘general planning’; the suffix ‘L’ means ‘listed building application’.

To find details of an application and related documents, at Camden planning application searches put the full sequence of numbers and letters in the Application Number box directly under the heading ‘Search Criteria’ and press Return (Enter). This will typically produce one result, describing the application. Click on the planning reference number in that result to obtain a summary of the progress of the application. Click on ‘View Related documents’ at the bottom of that page to list the relevant documents.

The system used by Islington Council, at Islington planning application searches, is similar to that used by Camden Council, though its details are different.

Relevant posts

The new details of the plans for the Google Zone

At its meeting on 11 May the Forum heard about the detailed plans for Zone A of King’s Cross Central (along the railway lines to the south of Goods Way). The buildings to be occupied by up to 10,000 Google employees … Continue reading

Posted in A, Central developments, Meeting minutes | 2 Comments

Plans for the Google Zone and public spaces

At its next meeting, on 11 May, the Forum will hear from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Heatherwick Studio and Argent about the plans for the Google office next to the railway. BIG and Heatherwick Studio are also designing the Google … Continue reading

Posted in A, Central developments, Cubitt Park and Square, Handyside Park | Leave a comment

Comments on the plans for the Sports Hall

At its meeting on 5 July the Forum heard from the architects Bennetts Associates about the plans for the Sports Hall. The architects wanted to make a bold civic statement but could not be grandiloquent, because the railway tunnels ran … Continue reading

Posted in Central developments, Sports Hall | Leave a comment

Plans for the Sports Hall, as well as public spaces

At its next meeting, on 5 July, the Forum will hear from the architects Bennetts Associates about the plans for the Sports Hall on York Way, near Rubicon Court and Saxon Court. This is the third building in the neighbourhood … Continue reading

Posted in Central developments, Sports Hall | Leave a comment

Views of social housing and the Natural Park bridge

At the most recent meeting, on 30 September, Ben Addy of Moxon Architects described the plans for the Camley Street Bridge, which rises on a ramp through the Natural Park before crossing the Regent’s Canal. It is a clear simple structure, distantly … Continue reading

Posted in Central developments, Fish and Coal Buildings, Surrounding developments | 1 Comment