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CAMDEN LOCKED

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A Camden architect preparing to challenge an application refusal in the courts is amassing a dossier of planning complaints from designers and looking into possible human rights infringements by the local council. Chris Roche swung into action after his application for a vertical extension on a 1950s building in Chalk Farm Road was rejected by Camden Council.

He described it as cutting-edge modern design, yet the authority said it was refused on its 'design, line and relationship with the neighbouring buildings'. Roche, chairman of the 900-memberstrong Camden Architects Forum, said designers were increasingly frustrated by the council's policies.

'Officers and the council have a duty of care, ' he said. 'Yet they are making decisions without full regard to the facts and in breach of their democratic duty.' He said he was compiling a dossier of complaints and would take it to the DETR. However, the council's Mike Jordan, acting assistant director for planning, described the attack as 'breathtaking'.

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