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West Hampstead Development Approval

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The site, a former telephone exchange building described by the borough’s Design Review Panel as a carbuncle, will be replaced with three buildings ranging in height up to 9 storeys, and will provide around 50,000 square feet of mixed commercial space and 53 new homes around a new public piazza. The architect is Stiff & Trevillion.

The site, on Blackburn Road, is part of Camden’s West Hampstead Interchange Growth Area which is going to undergo significant change in the coming years. It will transform Blackburn Road which has hitherto been an unloved back-street into a vibrant part of West Hampstead. It will also help complete a jigsaw of sites coming forward as part of wider regeneration, spearheaded by Land Securities’ 680-home redevelopment of the nearby O2 Centre and its car park.

Grant Leggett, Head of Boyer’s London office has been advising the Applicant on sites in Blackburn Road for over a decade. He had previously won at appeal permission for a 350-bed student housing development on the next-door site which was completed in 2015. He described the latest permission as “an incredibly satisfying result tackling a very tricky and constrained site; a real testament to the client’s and the architects’ vision”.

Camden’s Planning Committee were equally impressed and voted unanimously in favour of the application following some debate in which Mr Leggett provided advice to the Committee.

The Applicant intends to implement the development as soon as possible.

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