Amendments to West Central Street block and planning resubmission
In response to Historic England listing two of the buildings within the West Central Street block, we have updated our proposals to retain these buildings and protect heritage features across the block, while still providing 50% of the new housing as affordable. These changes have now been submitted as part of a new planning application, the details of which are set out below. You can view and comment on the new application by visiting the Camden planning portal here and searching for the reference number 2023/2510/P.
In March 2023, following a review of the heritage status of a number of buildings on the West Central Street site, Historic England determined to upgrade the status of two groups of buildings – 10-12 Museum St and 35-37 New Oxford Street – to Grade II listing. The location of these buildings is shown on the map of the West Central Street block on the right.
The recently listed buildings within the block were already recognised as positive contributors to the Bloomsbury conservation area which has been reflected in the designs submitted in the planning application for One Museum Street in June 2021 and updated in September 2022 (Ref: 2021/2954/P).
However the listing decision upgrades the heritage status of these buildings. Following the designation, we have undertaken further detailed investigations into the existing buildings’ fabric and structure in order to identify and better understand the elements of heritage interest.
With input from our specialist heritage team The Townscape Consultancy and alongside Camden planning officers, we have developed updated design proposals for the West Central Street block to reflect the listing and the insights gained through the surveys and research. The updated proposals seek to ensure that elements of heritage interest are preserved and incorporated into high quality and accessible new homes where possible and practical. These changes have been submitted in a new planning application alongside the wider proposals for One Museum Street including the new workspace, Vine Lane and High Holborn buildings.
- 16a West Central Street
- 16b West Central Street
- 18 West Central Street
- 10-12 Museum Street
(Grade II listed)
- 35-37 New Oxford Street
(Grade II listed)
- 39-41 New Oxford Street
We have now submitted these updated proposals to Camden Council as part of a new planning application, alongside an application for Listed Building Consent for the relevant buildings. The new planning application will incorporate the wider proposals for One Museum Street within the previous application (Ref: 2021/2954/P) including the new workspace, Vine Lane and High Holborn buildings.
You can view and comment on the new application by visiting Camden’s planning portal here and searching the reference number 2023/2510/P.