Bulldozers move in to 100 Avenue Road
Campaigners say works should stop until High Court ruling
04 February, 2019 — By Tom Foot
Works have begun on the Hampstead Theatre side of the block
CAMPAIGNERS staged a demonstration as works to build a 24 storey private housing tower in Swiss Cottage began.
The placard protest was held as bulldozers tore in to the 100 Avenue Road building as part of Essential Living’s development.
The demolition work has begun on the Hampstead Theatre side of the building despite a judicial review application being submitted to the High Court by the Save Swiss Cottage group.
Campaigners say the developer’s plan on how construction will be carried out, which was narrowly approved by the council, is “wholly inadequate”.
Janine Sachs, from the Save Swiss Cottage Campaign, said: “In spite of the fact the construction management plan is currently being challenged in the court, the developers have insisted on carrying out the demolition regardless.”
‘No Demolition Until Judge’s Decision’
Lorries will get to the construction site through the pedestrianised space next to the popular food market outside the Hampstead Theatre.
The Save Swiss Cottage groups says the council should issue a “stop notice” to halt demolition work until a decision on the legal challenge is made.
A council spokesman said: “There is no breach of planning control and the council has no powers to stop the development. The council would be acting unlawfully and wasting public money for no purpose if it tried to do so.”
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