Camden council approves £2bn King's Cross Central scheme despite opposition

Forty per cent of a 27ha brownfield site in London's King's Cross will be devoted to green space, after the project is given approval.

Controversial £2bn plans to transform the King’s Cross area of London have been given the go-ahead, despite objections. The 27ha brownfield site, known as King’s Cross Central, is a joint project between developers Argent (King’s Cross), London & Continental Railways and DHL Logistics. Three new green spaces, a new landscaped square and accessible streets will make up 40 per cent of the site. The plans also include a public bicycle interchange, storage spaces and green roofs, but some objectors have criticised the plans for not providing enough leisure facilities or affordable homes. Three gas holder frames are set to be redeveloped, one of which will become a playpark and community open space. The scheme also includes 1,700 new flats, schools, health centres, nightclubs, a cinema and an indoor fitness centre. Camden council’s final approval of the King’s Cross outline plan came six years after the inception of the scheme. Council leader Raj Chada said: “The redevelopment will recognise and protect King’s Cross’s valuable architectural heritage, while creating a sustainable and attractive future environment.” Construction could begin in late 2007, subject to approval by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

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