Major local planning application York Way/Wharfdale Road

6268_york_way_site_outline The American Carwash and scruffy lot at the corner of York Way and Wharfdale Road (62-68 York Way) have been a local eyesore for years. A developer has been sitting on planning permission there since 1995 while the value of the site skyrockets.  They are now seeking planning permission for a really ugly, bulky six storey building on the site as their current permission expires this year.  This could just be another speculative application.  A picture of the proposed York Way elevation is here
Download 6268_york_way_proposed_elevation.pdf

This is a prestige, landmark site for Kings Cross and the community should push for something far more aspirational, with substantial community benefit.  Even if you don’t agree with the monster at Kings Place, at least there will be some community value from it.  To object you can email the case officer Matthew Rosel via this address quoting application number P070753 or to see all the plans and object using a webform go to this link and search for the application number above.

Grounds for objection could include that the building is totally out of keeping with its surroundings (i think in a conservation area), its bulk, squatting on the large site dominates the area.  Even though York Central is taller, its elegant set backs (the steps of the ziggurat) make it occupy less space.  There is no community benefit in a hard pressed area.  Given past behaviour on the site (not building with extant planning permissions), this is likley to be a speculative application and should not be granted.

If you wish to object but not have your address printed just ask and the Council will withhold it.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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