Committee success in Camden

29th January 2018
By Billy Pattison

Boyer has successfully secured a resolution to grant planning permission from the London Borough of Camden’s Planning Applications Committee for our client The Hall School. The Committee’s decision allows a once in a generation redevelopment of the site in order to secure the prestigious preparatory school’s future in Camden.

The proposals involve the demolition of the school’s ‘Centenary’ and ‘Wathen Hall’ buildings and redevelopment to provide a four storey contemporary building with a glazed link to the original school building and a two storey rear wing extension with a new double height basement beneath. The basement area will provide flexible hall space suitable for the school’s requirements for sports, play, and theatrical performances, and will be available for use by carefully selected community groups.

The redevelopment of the site will enable increased classroom spaces to provide modern, flexible teaching facilities and will deliver new space for recreation, sport and music to allow the school’s pupils to thrive. Importantly, for the first time in the school’s 125 year history its facilities will be fully accessible for disabled students.

Whilst the site has been home to The Hall School for over 100 years, it is located in a highly residential area. Boyer has been involved in this project since its inception and has overseen initial pre-application enquiries with Council Officers, and has been involved with consultation events for both local residents and elected Members.

Despite the positive approach to consultation, the proposals attracted objections from local residents, including objections from professional consultants employed by a residents group. Boyer successfully liaised with Council Officers to respond to the Council’s initial concerns and satisfactorily addressed all issues raised by objectors.

The Committee, in resolving to approve the scheme, commended the design of the building which will enhance the character and appearance of the Belsize Conservation Area. Members also praised the opportunities that the use of the improved facilities would provide for local community groups.

Boyer continues to work on a number of projects throughout the London Borough of Camden.

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