A £100m plan to regenerate Swiss Cottage town centre has been given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Essential Living, a developer and operator of homes for rent, will deliver and manage the mixed-use scheme under a single brand. As well as an array of communal facilities and amenity spaces, the plans will include 54 new affordable homes and purpose-built space for community use. Camden councillors refused the proposals for 184 flats in September 2014 despite a recommendation by the council’s planning officers that the scheme should be approved. The scheme, designed by GRID architects, also received backing from the Design Council of the Mayor of London. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) supported the recommendation of an independent planning inspector that the council’s refusal should be overturned, noting the significant social benefits the development would bring.”

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