Planning Approval for HTA's Belmont Street

Camden Council approved our scheme for the former Charlie Ratchford Centre on Belmont Street this evening, voting 9-2 in favour.

The well-connected but underutilised site in the heart of Chalk Farm will be transformed with a considered, carefully crafted and sensitive proposal that restores the historic street frontage to Belmont Street and Crogsland Road. The proposal will provide 115 new homes including family sized homes, of which 50% will be affordable when considered with the linked site on Crogsland Road, accommodated within three linked buildings of varying height that wrap around a landscaped courtyard creating a green oasis away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Chalk Farm Road. Every home will feature private amenity space in addition to the communal courtyard that will incorporate increased tree planting and play space.

The proposed scheme is highly sustainable incorporating an efficient communal air source heat pump system for heating and hot water demands and photovoltaic panels to provide renewable energy. Green/blue roofs help to improve biodiversity, manage surface run off rates and increase the greening of the site. Over 93% of homes will have dual or triple aspect layouts to maximise views out, increase daylight, improve ventilation and mitigate overheating.

The proposed appearance takes reference from the local vernacular and art deco buildings with yellow multi stock brick proposed as the primary material; white and red glazed brick utilised to highlight entrances, window framing and banding details; and a stack-bonded chequerboard brick detail to the link building facades to provide moments of delight and joy.

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