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.