Plans to build a hotel at 6 Streatley Place have been blocked until Councillors can see the impact on the area. This is a victory for residents who want sustainable development for our area.

I attended the meeting at Town Hall last night, where Councillors agreed to delay the decision until they’d had a chance to see the effect of the application on the site.

Alain de Botton’s plan to build a hotel in the heart of the village provoked outrage from residents. The design is out-of-keeping with the area, while both the building itself and its construction would have affected people living nearby.

Local residents in New Court commented that it would affect their quality of life and invited the developer to meet with them. English Heritage raised concerns about the application and recommended amendments – but Camden council staff backed the plan anyway.

Hampstead Conservative Councillor Stephen Stark told the Council meeting, “Camden planners think their opinion trumps that of English Heritage. It’s just not acceptable.”

For more about my campaign to oppose over-development, click here.