Political rivals divided over regeneration plans for Kilburn housing estate

Labour gives proposals the thumbs up while the Lib Dems claim it needs more family-sized homes

Opinions are divided over plans submitted to Camden Council last week for 300 new homes in Kilburn.

The application to regenerate Abbey Estate has been years in the making. However, a glaring error in the report describes Kilburn as easily “accessible” on the Piccadilly line.

Cllr John Bryant (Liberal Democrat), who lives in Belsize Road, spotted the �mistake in the 273-page document. He said: “I can’t believe Camden Council has made such a major error.

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“The Piccadilly line runs nowhere near Abbey Estate.

“Local residents received letters about the plans on Saturday but they have to �respond by February 1. It is not enough time.”

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Those living in bedsits or studios will be �offered one-bed flats. But Cllr Bryant says there are not enough three-bedroom properties in the pipeline.

He said: “It’s a good regeneration project but there are too few family homes which is what’s needed. There is a lot of detail which needs to be worked through.”

The plans include a new two-storey community and health centre to be built around the base of Snowman and Casterbridge towers.

The community centre and GP surgeries from Belsize Priory Health Centre will be located in the new building.

Transport for London (TfL) has given support to install “Boris bikes” on the pavement outside and a �supermarket would be built.

Cllr Mike Katz (Labour) said: “This regeneration will see new, much-needed council homes built in Kilburn – the first for a long time.”

Referring to the ‘Piccadilly’ comment, a spokesman for the council said if there was an error in the report, the it would be corrected.

She added: “There is a further opportunity to make comments on the project through the formal planning application process.“

Have your say by visiting www.camden.gov.uk/

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