Act now! – 62-68 York Way planning application – the American Carwash site

6268_york_way_site_outline Locals will know that there has been a long planning saga with this tatty scruffy site on the corner of York Way and Wharfdale Road – we need to act now to get the building there the community deserves.  It is important to get your views in – it is pretty easy – just send an email in saying you object or support with your name and address. Email the council officer Matthew Rosel via this address quoting application number P070753  The deadline is this Wednesday 17th October although Islington (unlike Camden) does accept objections slightly late.  See below for more.

The developers have put in a slightly amended application as they try to game the system (or respond to concerns).  After looking at the new application I find that what I wrote last time still stands:

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

This issue has been covered on the site here and here

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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