Planning & Licensing update 24th January 2022

1 Golden Lane – rescheduled public exhibition…..

We have been made aware that the rescheduled public exhibition for the 1 Golden Lane proposed refurbishment/expansion is to be held tomorrow, Tuesday 25th January 2022, 3:30pm-7:30pm. 

The event will take place at Jewin Welsh Church, 70 Fann Street, EC1Y 0SA. Further information of the proposals will be available during the exhibition, and members of the Project Team will be on-hand to answer questions.

The 1 Golden Lane website can be viewed here

….and offers redistribution of unwanted items from the strip out phase

The developers of 1 Golden Lane, Castleforge, have partnered with Globechain for the strip out phase of the building “to ensure a more sustainable approach to the project”. Castleforge is therefore looking for any charities or community organisations within the local area that may benefit from recycled material from the site.  

Globechain connect landlords to non-profits, businesses and people to redistribute unneeded items. Its online marketplace will allow Castleforge to upload unwanted items from the 1 Golden Lane strip out to its interactive website. These items can then be offered at no cost to charities and organisations in need. These can, for example, help to refurbish community centres or provide an opportunity for young people to learn to upcycle. 

If anyone knows of any organisations that would be interested in receiving items from the 1 Golden Lane strip out, including carpets tiles, ceiling tiles, hand dryers, doors, kitchen units or light fittings then please get in touch with Stephen Gregory, Account Executive at Concilio Communications. Email: sgregory@conciliocomms.com

Barbie Green licensing variation application hearing and decision

The hearing to decide the licence variation application from Barbie Green was held last Wednesday 12th January. It may be recalled that Barbie Green applied for a variation of its licence to extend the hours for the sale of alcohol on its premises from the current 11.00am to 10.30pm Monday to Sunday to 9.00am to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday. The application form implied that it was also applying to extend its off sales licence by two hours on weekdays and to include weekends (no off sales are currently allowed at weekends). Many objections were lodged and personal representations were made by several objectors at the hearing.

Whilst the proposed increase to the hours when alcohol could be sold on the premises was certainly not welcomed, the main thrust of the objections was against the seeming proposal to extend the off sales licence. The word “seeming” has been used as it transpired that the applicant had not filled in the form correctly and it was not applying to extend its off sales licence at all. It was therefore confirmed at the start of the hearing that the only variation being sought was to bring forward the sale of alcohol on the premises from 9am (from 11am) and that no changes were being sought in respect of off sales.

The hearing considered that, given the size of the premises, the variation was unlikely to attract a large number of additional brunch clients and the sub-committee “sought to strike a balance for residents and the business”. It therefore decided to grant a variation of the licence and extend the licensing hours to 9am on Monday to Saturday and to 10am on Sundays.

Any party dissatisfied with this decision has the right to appeal within 21 days of the date of the notification of the decision (i.e. from 17th January).

Barbican Centre – five teams shortlisted for major revamp project

The City of London Corporation has shortlisted five collaborative teams to compete for the major revamp of the Barbican Centre. The Corporation invited ‘multidisciplinary teams ‘who have the skills, experience and ambition to compete for the high-profile commission to transform the Brutalist arts centre ‘to meet the needs of 21st-century artists, audiences and communities’.

The finalists are:

–        Adjaye Associates, Benedetti Architects and PUP Architects

–        Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio

–        Bjarke Ingels Group, Avanti Architects and POoR Collective

–        Diller Scofido + Renfro, McCloy + Muchemwa, and Purcell

–        Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Bureau de Change, Schulze+Grassoy, and Thinc

The full article can be read here

City of London announces a 70% increase in office development approvals in 2021  

The City of London Corporation has recently issued a press release announcing a 70% increase in office development approvals in 2021.

It highlights the fact that “In 2021, its Planning and Transportation Committee resolved to approve a total of 4,360,944 sq.ft of new office floorspace. This compares with 2,582,348 sq.ft in 2020 – an increase of almost 70% year on year. The developments to have been approved this year include  55 Gracechurch Street70 Gracechurch Street2-3 Finsbury AvenueCity Place House100-108 Fetter Lane120 Fleet Street115-123 Houndsditch and 14-21 Holborn Viaduct”.

The release goes on to say that a substantial number of office developments remain in the planning pipeline which are expected to go to the Planning and Transportation Committee for decision in 2022. You have been warned!

The full press release can be read here

Moor Lane Greening Consultation – closes 31st December 2021

Consultations seem to be like buses at the moment. You wait ages for one and then two or three turn up at the same time. We have already reminded residents to participate if they can in the London Wall West consultation process which closes on 31st December.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind that the Corporations consultation on the proposed Environmental Enhancements to Moor Lane also closes on 31st December and we would urge residents to respond if they can. As always, numbers matter on any consultation. Moor Lane is close to us and important not only to those residents in its closest vicinity but also to all of us in terms of aesthetics, wellbeing, air quality, traffic and footfall management.

This is the residents’ chance to advocate for Moor Lane to be a wonderful green and quiet environment adjacent to our Estate.

Greening not bollards!

Residents may recall that the Moor Lane Greening scheme was approved way back in 2012 but was put on hold due to the development of the site at 21 Moorfields.

The earlier, agreed plan offered a wide pavement and an avenue of trees on the western side together with extensive planting to the north and south. It is therefore hugely disappointing to see that this long-awaited scheme has been abandoned to make way for 42 security bollards on the 21 Moorfields side of Moor Lane, with no greening, and a much reduced planting scheme overall. The current consultation also only shows one side of Moor Lane and does not extend the full length of the street – hence it does not show the true impact of the security bollards

The present consultation document also omits to say that the consultation is being carried out separate to any assessment of traffic flow and footfall which should surely an integral part of the whole scheme.

Summary and background notes

We would like this consultation to consist of a joined-up strategy with ambition and consideration for the future of Moor Lane as a quiet shared space and which takes landscaping, planning, highways and amenity factors into consideration in the round.  The gardens under London Wall Place are now maturing nicely.  We believe that there should be similar intent and ambition for greening on Moor Lane.

We attach some bullet points here which provide useful background and content for any consultation response. It also shows a schematic comparison of what was agreed and approved in the 2010/11 consultation and what is being proposed now.

We would remind that it is important that everyone writes a response in their own words as all similar responses will only count as one.

How to respond

  • On-line feedback can be completed here

It would also be very helpful to email feedback directly to the relevant City of London contacts:

Tom.Noble@cityoflondon.gov.uk. (Tom Noble, Group Manager – Business Development / Development Management, City Public Realm)

Andrea.Moravicova@cityoflondon.gov.uk.  (Andrea Moravicova, Project Manager, City Public Realm)

citypublicrealm@cityoflondon.gov.uk

The link to the City of London’s official consultation web page can be found here

1 Golden Lane consultation – 9th December 2021

Consultation re 1 Golden Lane

A consultation website has recently been launched regarding the refurbishment of 1 Golden Lane which contains more information about the proposals for the site and a survey for interested parties to provide their feedback.

The website is available at the following link:

www.1goldenlane.co.uk


An in-person drop in consultation event was planned to be held at Capel Cymraeg Jewin, 70 Fann Street on Tuesday 14th December from 3pm, where the project team was to be on hand to talk through the proposals and answer any questions.

However, due to the latest coronavirus-related guidance, the decision has been taken to cancel the in-person exhibition. This will be replaced by a webinar, which will take place from 6-7pm on Tuesday 14th December. This webinar will also give interested residents the chance to hear about the proposals from the project team and ask any questions. To register for the webinar please press here

The consultation will be live until Friday 7th January 2022.

London Wall West Consultation – 9th December 2021

Consultation re London Wall West

You will probably have already received information about the future of London Wall West. This is a number of inter-linked buildings that sit at the heart of the Culture Mile. It is the current home of the Museum of London, which will be moving to Smithfield Market, and Bastion House, an office building at the western end of London Wall. You will recall that this was originally the proposed site for a new Centre for Music, an idea that was scrapped in February 2021 and the decision taken to update the Barbican Centre instead.

Hence the City of London Corporation is looking to redevelop the site to, as it states, “help achieve some of our most challenging and exciting aspirations for the future of the Square Mile”. (Others may merely see it as a scheme to fund the relocation of the Museum of London of course).

The City of London information flyer goes on to say that “Over the past six months, we have been exploring what is possible at London Wall West. We are now launching our public consultation on the early proposals. This is your opportunity to have a significant say in shaping what will be one of the most exciting projects in this part of the capital”.

Two public exhibitions have been held showing these preliminary proposals which incorporate three new buildings – Building 1, a replacement for Bastion House at a similar 17 storeys high but with a significantly increased (at least 3x) footprint, Building 2 – a new building of 14 storeys but with similar mass to that of Building 1 located (roughly) on the current Museum of London roundabout and Building 3 – of “just” 5 storeys located by the Thomas More ramp. There are also, according to the City of London, improved Public Realm, community and cultural spaces.

These proposals will have profound implications for local residents, particularly those in the vicinity of the redevelopment site.  

We urge residents to visit the website, participate in the consultation process and make their voices heard. The site is https://londonwallwest.co.uk which can be accessed here      

Improving Fortune Street Park consultation

Please complete this online consultation – live until 13 September re improving Fortune Street Park. For anyone who doesn’t know the Park, it’s well worth a visit or several. GiddyUp has great coffee seven days a week and the Park’s a great place to just sit and chat to passing friends and neighbours, whilst watching and listening to its colony of house sparrows. https://www.islington.gov.uk/consultations/2021/Fortune-Street-Park-improvements

Petition for a new and improved Zero Emission Zone around the Barbican

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The Barbican Association is supporting the following petition:

The City of London should, as soon as legally possible, engage with local residents, through the Barbican Association (BA), to promote the evaluation of a more extensive and better designed ZEZ around the Barbican.

Why is this important?

The BA, representing Barbican residents, is committed to the improved air quality, reduced traffic noise, and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists, that a ZEZ will bring to the area. (see the BA’s submission to the City’s Streets and Walkway’s Sub-committee). The failure of the City of London to engage with residents has meant that the existing experiment was badly designed and implemented and has failed in its objectives of evaluating the impact of a zero-emission scheme around the Barbican.


In addition, the unlawful actions of the City (see the Judgement of the High Court) means that most of the infrastructure associated with the scheme will be dismantled with no clear date for its reinstallation.

Consultation on the Redevelopment of the Museum of London Site

Future Development of Bastion House and the Museum of London.

We need your support.

I am sure that you are aware that a new larger Museum of London is being built in West Smithfield and that it had been intended to use its present site for the Centre for Music a new home for the LSO promoted by Sir Simon Rattle. This plan was recently scrapped and the Corporation will be seeking planning permission to demolish the current building to enable redevelopment of the site, now known as London Wall West.

The Barbican Association is concerned that there should be a real debate as to how the site might best meet the needs of the City of London now and well into the future.

Along with the Golden Lane Residents’ Association we sent an open letter to the Corporation requesting such a discussion.

I think the City is listening. We have received the following from them.

“We want to understand what the Barbican Association and Barbican residents, as key stakeholders, would like to see on the site. Our aim is to be genuinely inclusive and collaborative in our consultation, and to create a set of proposals for London Wall West that benefit both the local and wider community.

Starting this month and working with the Contemporary Art Society Consultancy (CASC), we will explore ideas for placemaking with local residents, key community and cultural organisations, local residents and business groups. Taking account of the site’s history and heritage as well as its location at the heart of Culture Mile, CASC will seek ideas on opportunities for cultural, commercial and public uses on London Wall West. 

Peppermint Research, a market research company, will then consult residents, workers, visitors and other groups on additional potential uses on this site, including environmental initiatives, education, public spaces for relaxing and play, offices and retail.

The feedback from this early engagement will inform the development of the designs for London Wall West. Later in the year we’ll consult both the local and wider community about these emerging designs to gain further feedback, before a final round of consultation on detailed designs in the new year. We intend to submit a planning application in 2022.”

The site, adjacent to two conservation areas, Smithfield and Barbican Golden Lane, deserves respect and imagination. We are submitting a postscript to our Open Letter which, we hope will draw attention to its importance and the opportunity to produce another development worth conserving as follows.

“In the past the Corporation of London has made inspired decisions in reaction to catastrophe.

In 1688 Christopher Wren was appointed to rebuild the City following the Fire of London. In the early 1950’s Chamberlain Powell and Bon were commissioned to design the Barbican estate following the area’s destruction in the Blitz.

Today the City has a similar opportunity to set its stamp on the 21st Century.

Brexit, Coronavirus, Climate Change and the Digital Revolution arriving at the same time will have a profound effect on the way of life in the City of London. Rather than carrying on as before the Corporation should pause and take stock.

The north west corner of the city which includes the Smithfield and the Barbican and Golden Lane Conservation Areas presents such an opportunity following the decisions to move the Market, build a new Museum of London, set up the Culture Mile and to scrap the plans for a Centre for Music.

The future of this area, rich in history, with a mix of housing, education, health, culture and hospitality as well as small scale commercial developments will benefit from enlightened thought.

Given the international significance of these conservation areas, the City needs to bring together all the different interest groups in an inclusive, forward-looking process to create a proper Blueprint; rather than simply looking at the opportunities offered by the London Wall West site following the vacation of the Museum and Bastion House.

Our ancestors left legacies of which we can be proud. We have an opportunity to leave another monument for future generations please don’t miss it.” 

We hope you can support the need for a proper debate on the future of the site as expressed in our Open letter. 

We want to know what you think. We are asking House Groups to consult. You can express your views through them or leave a message below in the comments and we will make sure that these are noted in the consultation process ahead.

And when invited please contribute to the City’s consultation.

The strong campaign on the Girls School bore fruit. Can we do it again? 

Adam Hogg     

Chair, Barbican Association