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PM’s bro Jo fights roof terrace near his home

Officials to rule on bid to turn derelict office into new home

23 July, 2020

Former MP Jo Johnson

THE Prime Minister’s brother has urged planning chiefs to block a roof terrace plan which he believes will invade his privacy.

Jo Johnson, himself a former MP, is concerned by a neighbour’s plan to turn a disused and derelict office in Camden Town into a new flat.

Officials at the Town Hall are currently reviewing whether the scheme should be given building consent.

But Mr Johnson, the younger brother of Boris Johnson, has employed his own planning consultants to argue against the scheme.

A letter to the Town Hall sent by his representative said: “The proposed first-floor roof terrace will create an unacceptable degree of overlooking towards upper floor habitable windows in my client’s property.”

It added: “The applicant proposes to erect a privacy wall. This will reduce some overlooking. However, occupants using the terrace can still look back over the wall and towards my client’s windows, particularly as the proposed wall incorporates a raised planter. This could be used as a platform.”

Overall, Mr Johnson’s chartered planner questioned the vision of the project, “The proposed development seeks to create a self-contained flat,” the objection said.

“However, the site is too small to provide any form of self-contained living accommodation.” But the applicants insist the new set-up “would not be overlooked nor overlook any neighbours.”

Their application said that changing the building into a place to live would access a “wider target market of tenants”.

The work, the site’s owner added, would “lead to the additional upkeep of an historic and listed property in the borough.”

The application said: “There is high demand for good quality housing in the area and with the fact that the office space is no longer rented, a proposal for a well-designed private residential space will be a welcome addition to this run-down part of Mornington Crescent.”

Mr Johnson stood down as the MP for Orpington in Kent at December’s general election and has resumed work as a journalist.

He had served as a minister for universities but resigned from his post in government after finding himself conflicted over Brexit and in favour of campaigns to support a new referendum. Council officials are due to make a decision on the terrace next month.

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