King's Cross, the continuing saga

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The various action groups of citizens in and around King’s Cross have been very active this last year (maybe even more than usual) in trying to persuade the elected Councillors of the London Borough of Camden that they were acting improperly in March when they resolved to grant an extremely ‘flexible’ planning permission to developer Argent. Legally they are bound to re-think – in the opinion of our fine team of barristers (=advocates) who have devoted a lot of time, much of it pro bono publico, to advising us. Sooner or later there will be a development on the railway lands at King’s Cross and we have been equally active in negotiating a section 106 agreement about how the implementation would go.


One big issue in this is that our negotiations with the developers are (so far) mediated through both the local government and through the “Forum” which the Camden (and islington) Councils set up as a channel for public consultation. Are we going to want to move towards direct negotiation? The mediation is often a huge barrier. Any theoretical or practical comments on this dilemma?

More on all this at www.kxrlg.org.uk which is frequently updated. There is also a petition to sign there, and you can donate money to the campaign.

Author: Ed

staff in the Bartlett School of Planning and cooperating with others in UCL and with the Just Space Network to support London citizens' inpu

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