Under the soon to be published Localism Bill, our community could declare itself a Neighbourhood, create a Neighbourhood Plan of our own and LBs Camden and Islington would be hard put to do anything other than approve of all this!
The intention behind the bill is to give more power to local people and lessen the degree to which the powers that be (which in our case are legion) can impose unpopular planning decisions.
It maybe that, should this Bill become law, we could use its powers to really start challenging the continued existence of the King's Cross Gyratory, to force effective community engagement from Argent and to require Network Rail, HS1, HS2 etc to ensure the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are prioritised as King's Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations are further developed. Community gains, such as those that can be required under planning law's Section 106, could include all major developers here contributing funds towards restoring the desperately needed Battlebridge Crossing – the bridge that ran from just behind the German Gym to the junction with York Way and Wharfdale Road.
There are many potential boundaries that could be called King's cross. For example, local charitable trust King's Cross Community Projects uses a boundary of half a mile around KX station, whilst West Euston Partnership's Network Rail funded Pre-apprenticeship Project uses a boundary of 1km around KX.
If you are interested in becoming involved in all this should the bill become law, let us know.