Controversial redevelopment plans for Morrisons

The developers of a proposed major new housing development at Chalk Farm Morrisons have recently been holding further consultations with local residents.

Morrisons and property developer Barratt have set out plans to redevelop the area to include 700 new homes and shops to create a high-density site branded as ‘Camden Goods Yard’.

The proposals were first outlined at a public meeting in November last year and local residents have expressed concern that the development is not in keeping with its surroundings. The plans incorporate 700 homes and other new commercial premises, and include seven tower blocks, with two expected to be up to 17 storeys. Local residents are worried that the tower blocks and lack of open space in the proposal would have an adverse impact on views and create stress to infrastructure and amenities.

Morrisons says that the plans are at an early stage and they will be seeking planning permission later this year, following the recent conclusion of public consultation. Barratt will be supporting the planning application, and another partner developer will be sought if this is successful. The master plan for the site is being developed by the company Allies & Morrison, who were involved in the redevelopment of King’s Cross.

A Morrisons store has operated on the site for ten years, but is now following a growing trend by major supermarket companies who seek to generate significant additional profits by redeveloping their real estate portfolios. The existing supermarket was originally built in the 1990s and was managed by Safeway until 2004. The development would include a new supermarket and petrol filling station.

You can view the proposed development at 

Camden Goods Yard Planning Framework

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