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Cambridge Circus

Volume 927: debated on Friday 11 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the future of Cambridge Circus and the neighbouring area.

I appreciate my hon. Friend's long-standing concern about this matter. The borough of Camden and the Greater London Council have had protracted discussions with the developers about the redevelopment of a substantial site on the north side of Cambridge Circus, but until now the schemes proposed have been unacceptable on social, planning or financial grounds. I recently met local authority members and representatives of the developers and I understand that there is now much common ground for agreement between the parties on proposals for a mixture of redevelopment and rehabilitation; but a firm planning application has yet to be made to Camden. I am ready to consider the necessary ODP application when submitted and the GLC will also require my right hon. Friend's consent to sell to the developers the small part of the site owned by them and surplus to their needs.