Community-backed challenger plans go in for Mount Pleasant site

Architect Francis Terry and the Mount Pleasant Association submit their vision to Camden

A distinctly classical alternative to already-approved plans for the major development of the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site in Camden have been put forward to planners by community group the Mount Pleasant Association.


It’s thought to be the biggest ever scheme proposed under the government’s “community right to build” programme, and comes designed by Palladian champion architect Francis Terry. While not yet covering the full 3.5 hectare Mount Pleasant site, it does look like a fully-formed development proposal, backed by top developer U+I and with funds from major-league investor Legal & General.

Terry’s designs will go head-to-head with already-sanctioned work by heavyweight practices AHMM, Allies & Morrison, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Wilkinson Eyre, which were controversially pushed through by then-Mayor Boris Johnson last Spring. These existing plans would deliver 681 new homes on the site, which the MPA, working with Create Streets, believes is too dense; new proposals would deliver just 125 new homes, up to half of which would be affordable.

4623675953_521x364The community vision is generally a lot more low-key than the alternative, with five linked buildings ranging from four to eight storeys (as opposed to the currently-planned 15 storeys), a 900 square metre community space and communal roof terraces for residents.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has previously held up this MPA and Create Streets initiative as “a great example of how big developments should work – working with local communities to design real neighbourhoods that work for the existing community.”

Images via Create Streets