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Introductory notes

The King’s Cross Development Forum was set up in 2002 by the Planning Department at the London Borough of Camden in association with the London Borough of Islington. Until 2008 the Planning Department provided administrative assistance for the Forum and supported a web site.

The Forum helps people living and working in King’s Cross to have a say in the future of the area and the development of the old railway lands (now known as “King’s Cross Central”). Anyone from the neighbourhood can attend its meetings and be a member.

The Forum elects a Steering Group each year to plan its work, monitor developments and make information available (through its meetings and this web site). It also appoints people to act on its behalf. These include representatives on two external bodies set up by the developers at the request of the Planning Department; they are the Design Panel and Access Forum, which examines building plans before planning applications are made, and the Construction Impact Group, which receives reports on the effects on the area of day-to-day building operations. The Forum normally has four representatives on the Design Panel and Access Forum and two representatives on the Construction Impact Group.

Since the master plan for King’s Cross Central was give outline planning permission, the Forum has been more concerned with detailed proposals for individual buildings in and around King’s Cross Central and with the facilities available when people move there. The Forum is also monitoring the significant sums that the developers will pay for community benefit.

As the development of King’s Cross Central moves towards completion the emphasis of the Forum is shifting towards building the community of people who live or work in it and considering day-to-day matters that affect that community, such as public transport and health facilities. It is complementary to the residents associations, for example, which cater for individual apartment blocks.

The current officers in the Steering Group are Jim Humphris (Treasurer), Deklan Kilfeather (Chair), Robert Milne (Secretary) and Ben Williams (Deputy Chair).

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Relevant posts

What should happen to the Forum?

Should the Forum disband? If so, should any of its activity continue? These are the questions for the next meeting of the King’s Cross Development Forum (on 13 December). Members of the Steering Committee are intending to stand down. The activity … Continue reading

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Comments on the plans for the Gasholder Triplets and local health and education

At the meeting on 17 September Argent and the architects (Wilkinson Eyre) provided a presentation about the reuse of the Gasholder Triplets. The refurbished gasholder frames will surround apartment buildings that have surface colours and finishes intended to evoke gasholder bells. The … Continue reading

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Details of the plans for refurbishing some of the early buildings

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 … Continue reading

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Plans for the German Gymnasium and the Fish and Coal Buildings

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 … Continue reading

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Future influence on the King’s Cross area

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 … Continue reading

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