Donate now to save Museum Street and Historical Bloomsbury

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Donate now to save Museum Street and Historical Bloomsbury

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Save Museum Street
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Jim Monahan a supporter of the Save Museum Street Campaign in Bloomsbury
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Act now before it's too late to SAVE MUSEUM STREET and Bloomsbury

A property developer is planning to destroy the Travelodge tower (54 metres) in Museum Street to replace it with a massive 74 metres tall office building. This horrible project will destroy the conservation area with the tower being visible from the British Museum and Bedford Square. In addition, destruction instead of retrofit goes against the climate change emergency. Unfortunately, the scheme has been granted the go ahead by Camden.  The final option is to seek a judicial review.  Can you help?  Anything legal is expensive!

What has happened over the past three years?  Due to local campaigners:

  • the first planning application was withdrawn

  • reports from Simon Sturgis, the sustainability expert, show how the proposal failed Camden's climate-change ambitions

  • a daylighting report revealed how very dark the housing interiors will be

  • six Victorian buildings around West Central Street were granted grade 2 listed status

  • an alternative approach, to reuse the Travelodge building to minimise climate impact, protect the conservation area and provide better quality housing was produced

  • 40 relevant Camden, Greater London Authority and NPPF  policies that are being contravened have been identified

  • a petition was sent to the Mayor signed by over 500 people

  • objections from SAVE Britain's Heritage, The Victorian Society, Westminster Council, The Georgian Group, Camden New Journal and over 500 local people have been sent to Camden

Have they listened? NO.  

Camden taken to court!

Jim Monahan, is standing firm and ensuring Camden Council planning committee and planning officers are being held to account.

He has asked High Court to review the lawfulness of Camden’s decision.  This means that Camden will have to justify their actions.  This is long overdue, as on countless occasions Camden’s excellent planning policies are ignored by the very people whose job it is to implement them.  

This is now a London-wide issue; if a local authority can ignore so much policy and allow developers to put up huge buildings in conservation areas, what hope is there for residents in less sensitive, historic neighbourhoods? If you feel powerless against Camden (or local councils in general) this is your opportunity to make an effective protest against planning departments failing to respond to legitimate community objections. Don’t let Camden set a precedent of a 74m high tower in Bloomsbury or elsewhere.

What is needed now is money

Your generous support has enabled the initial stage of the legal challenge to start . The case is likely to cost in the region of £30,000. Can you contribute to enable the case to go ahead? Time is short. Please act now and send Camden a message they cannot ignore by contributing to the CrowdJustice site https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/donate-now-to-save-museum-street/  and spread the word!

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