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Extremely disappointing Camden council decision on UKCMRI

Camden council’s planning committee last Thursday night voted 8-4 with one abstention to approve the planning application for the UKCMRI ‘superlab’ in St Pancras and Somers Town, despite the strong opposition from local residents, as expressed by a delegation of representatives and the strong support they received from the public gallery.

The councillors who voted against were Cllr Sanders, Cllr Birch, Cllr Braithwaite and Cllr Leyland, and Cllr Rea abstained.

Other councillors expressed grave reservations about the plan, but seemed to have been swayed by the fear of the decision being taken instead by the mayor of London and consequent loss of the negotiated Section 106 agreements.

The highly respected science journal Nature has reported the decision, in tones of considerable surprise, and the tone of its report indicates less than glowing support within the scientific community for the plan.

This is not, however, the end – the plan now goes to Boris Johnson and the Department of Communities and Local Government, and the House Select Committtee on Science and Technology has opened an inquiry into it.

Below, some of the protesters outside the meeting – on an extremely cold and snowy evening…

Categories: UKCMRI
  1. Cllr Peter Brayshaw
    December 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    As a local Ward Councillor, I spoke out at the DC meeting in faviour of the application. Your readers can view the entire meeting on Camden Council’s website. Only 33 local objections came in from over 700 local letters sent by Camden, few posters were up, I and the leading light of local community organisation, former Mayor/Cllr Barbara Hughes spoke in favour.

    My main message is that now planning permission is granted, all with the interests of the local community at heart work together to ensure the planning obligations and promises become reality: apprenticeships, jobs, science education, community health, funding for local housing improvemnts.

  2. worried Camden resident
    January 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I thought Labour councillors were meant to help local residents. It’s shocking a nightmare proposal has been even considered let alone promoted by a local Labour councillor and voted for by 8 Camden councillors.

  3. Anon
    January 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I think we need to be very concerned about this – possible elevated trams along Phoenix Road, subsurface – cut and fill – routes down Polygon Road. This is even worse!


  4. joe
    February 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Mr Brayshaw. When the shit hits the fan do NOT say you were not warned. This is DOOMSDAY scenario on a council estate!!!!

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