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  Bloomsbury Conservation Area


Bloomsbury Conservation Area

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We lobbied Camden Council for 2-3 years to extend the Bloomsbury Conservation Area throughout our 'area of benefit' (see Constitution) and to strengthen their enforcement action against harmful developments. The Council adopted the Bloomsbury Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy on 19th April 2011, including all the area extensions we had lobbied for, together with a firm commitment to strengthen their enforcement action.

We were also pleased with the Council's stated intentions to promote the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, including the numerous historic shop fronts. However, the Government's cuts to local authority spending have since cast doubt on the Council's future capacity to fulfill their intentions, which may explain their proposal to focus limited resources on "Development Control", "Site Specific Policy Guidelines" and "enforcement action where this will deliver results".

Bloomsbury is a very large conservation area covering the area from Euston Road in the north to Lincoln's Inn Fields in the south and from Cleveland Street in the west to Gray's Inn Road in the east. The area's fascinating history is summarised in the Appraisal, which contains street-by-street descriptions of listed buildings, historical street furniture and other buildings which the Council consider make a positive contribution to the conservation area.

The map opposite shows the revised boundary of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area (BCA), which when it is compared to the map of MA's area of benefit on this web site, leaves only two small sections of our area not covered by the BCA - they are: the 1960s Hotel/Office block between Bernard Street and Coram Street and the blocks of flats opposite the hotel in Coram Street. Medway Court, Leigh Street and the land immediately to the north of it were included in the BCA when it was adopted by the Council, although this had not been recommended by the Conservation Officer. Medway Court is also listed as a 'positive contributor' to the BCA because of its unique design.

More details of the BCA may be accessed via Camden's web site (link below).

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