UCL redevelopment of EDH Site

UPDATE:

EASTMAN HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIONS – Please support local opposition.
We’re objecting to this development .

Read our objection submission here: Objection submitted July 2019

We are inviting all readers to send in their own objections, to support those of our local neighbours who will suffer from this redevelopment.
The proposals will take light and privacy from the Calthorpe Community Garden and the New Calthorpe Estate (Fleet Square and surroundings) and may cause the temporary closure of the Calthorpe Community Garden for up to 7 years.
In essence the new buildings are too high and too bulky for this historic site. The developers have refused to redesign their buildings.
In our opinion they are overcrowding the site by building a Dementia Research Unit, an NHS out-patients unit and an academic teaching facility. The teaching facility is, in our opinion, not directly related to the dementia research and treatment centres. We don’t see the point of academic teaching space on this site.
Like most people, we welcome the Dementia Research and out-patients proposal, but we see the proposed teaching facility purely as an empire-building move by the ever-expanding university.
We say that if they left the teaching facility out of their plans, they could build lower less intrusive structures for the dementia research unit and the out-patients facility ……AND……. be good to their neighbours, by not overlooking these local neighbours nor invading their privacy.
We are also saying that a socially deprived neighbourhood should not suffer in order that a “prestige” new project can succeed, particularly when there are quite obvious redesign solutions.
The planning hearing is in September. We’ll let you know the up-to date information when Camden agree the date. Camden Council planners will accept objections up to the date of the hearing.

If you want to support CCG and your neighbours by objecting to this project you could –

Write to : Jonathan McClue, Camden Planning Department, 5 St Pancras Square NW1,

or email your objection to:
jonathan.mcclue@camden.gov.uk.

The planning reference is 2019/2879/P
If you would like to add your individual voice, please write a letter of objection.

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You can see the Exhibiiton boards of the initial proposal here. This proposal has been modified since to take on board feedback (this includes reducing height of Levy wing by 2 floors) however the scheme remains in essence the same.

This is the current state of play on this sizeable and important new development in our neighbourhood.
The planning application has been made. You can find the details on the Camden planning website. Ref no 2019/2879/P is the actual planning application, and Ref no 2019/2880/L is the application for Listed Building Consent. The closing date for comments/objections is 28 days – ie by the end of June 2019.
This is a large and prestigious new development, which on the face of it looks impressive, but on examination contains certain problems which will affect our neighbourhood. This is a summary.
The Eastman Dental Hospital site has been bought by University College London (the university). The Eastman Dental services will move out of London, retaining an in-patients wing at Huntley Street. Once the premises are vacated UCL propose to provide a state-of-the art centre for Dementia Research, together with an in-patients service for dementia patients, plus unrelated academic teaching space for maths and statistics.
In order to fulfill these aims UCL plan to demolish most of the existing structure, keeping only the façade of the existing building facing on to Grays Inn Road. They plan to build one large building behind the reconstituted frontage to accommodate the dementia research unit and the out-patients facility. They also plan to run the academic teaching facility down to southern side of the site, next to St Andrew’s Gardens, to build a large block at the eastern end of the site, to accommodate more academic teaching facilities.
So, they want to put a lot of facilities on this one site. They also want to make the site pretty with internal courtyards, green planting, new open squares, and coffee-shop facilities. They propose more public access to the open spaces in the new buildings, and public access routes through to Cubitt Street.
The UCL proposals seem attractive – they will be providing a world-centre of excellence in the praise-worthy world of dementia research; the new buildings respect and restore the listed quality of parts of the historic site, and the new buildings will provide more public access to more green spaces, and a new through-way for pedestrians to reach Cubitt Street and Kings Cross Road.
On examination, though, the picture is not so good. The prosed new buildings are larger and taller than the existing structures.The large new buildings will overshadow and disadvantage both the New Calthorpe Estate (Council dwellings) and the Calthorpe Project (a much-loved local community garden providing services for children, the elderly, after-school teenage activities, and with a thriving football pitch and spearheading local work on horticulture, healthy food and wild-life habitats). We note that both these areas bordering the new buildings on the eastern side are areas which deal with “poor” people – and co-incidentally very little has been done in this building proposal to accommodate their needs. This is an issue.
The Forum has been busy attending pre-planning consultation meetings, and have taken part in consultations with UCL/Calthorpe Project and UCL/New Calthorpe Estate t/r Association. We are of a mind to oppose this planning application. We are writing to all of our wider membership setting out our reservations and asking for your views.