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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

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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How should the community be involved in King’s Cross Central?

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 … Continue reading

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Improvements to the plans for the linked housing blocks

At its meeting on 9 December the Forum heard from architects in the dRMM practice and the Argent project manager about the detailed plans for Zone J of King’s Cross Central (along York Way to the north of the Regent’s … Continue reading

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Letter to Camden about withdrawal of support for the Forum

Letter to Camden 17 September 2008 Reply from Camden 29 September 2008

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