King’s Cross Development Forum was set up in 2002 by Camden Council in association with Islington Council to be a key means by which our local community can give our views on the massive King’s Cross Central development taking place immediately north of King’s Cross station. The Forum is now fully independent of the council and is run voluntarily by members of our community. The Forum will meet on 12 February at Committee Room One of Camden Town Hall at 7pm.
At the meeting the Forum will hear from Argent, the development company for King’s Cross Central, about the plans for the German Gymnasium between the rear of St Pancras and King’s Cross stations. King’s Cross Central is privately owned by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership. The meeting will also be updated on the next steps for development as a whole and on the Section 106 Agreement (community gains).
Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act is used to specify what community gains the planning authority (in this case Camden Council) requires of a property developer. S106 is used to make an otherwise unacceptable planning application acceptable to a planning authority.
The S106 agreement for the King’s Cross Central development has been controversial. Such agreements tend to be site specific, mitigating against the inconvenience faced by local communities during large scale building works. In this case the closest community is majorly in Islington not Camden, yet Camden is receiving the lion’s share of the King’s Cross Central S106 gains.
The S106 agreement for King’s Cross Central requires Argent to fund a host of elements either fully or partially, including:
- Bicycle storage
- Camley Street Natural Park (a London Wildlife Trust oasis of green behind St Pancras station)
- Community meeting facilities
- King’s Cross Construction Training Centre (on York Way at the far north of the King’s Cross Central site)
- An indoor sports hall
- A leisure facility
- A police office
- A health care walk in centre
- Skills and recruitment centre
- A children’s centre
- A primary school
- A credit Union/community development finance initiative
- King’s Cross Business Forum
- An academy for public realm management
- Camley Street paving and lighting
- Better connections between Camley Street and Agar Grove
- Streetscape improvements to Vale Royal, Bingfield New Quarter and the Bemerton Action Area
- Safe routes to school for Copenhagen Primary School and Blessed Sacrament Primary School
- Wharfdale Road enhancements
- Improvements to Purchase Street green spaces
- Step free access from Camley Street to St Pancras Gardens
- Public art
- Water features
- Environmental Health Officer costs for Camden Council
More details about King’s Cross Development Forum, including how to join, and about the meeting are available on their website.