The core role of the BCAAC is to sift through planning applications for the conservation area and make comments. Although the committee is named for Bloomsbury we also cover the Covent Garden, Grays Inn, Fitzrovia and Charlotte Street, Denmark Street, Kingsway Conservation Areas. The area is vast – covering all the Camden Conservation Areas south of the Euston Road with the exception of Hatton Garden. The task of commenting on applications is very demanding but rewarding and very worthwhile. We make a difference even though the volume of applications can make it time consuming and arduous.
In addition we often run campaigns on major applications such as that against the infamous British Museum North Extension (where we had some success in reining in the scheme) and more recently for the Strand Union Workhouse off Fitzroy Square which has now been listed and saved from demolition.
We have also been active recently in the drafting of the CA audit and area statement which is extremely important for the determination of future applications in the area.
Our remit also includes a PR and educational aspect, of which this website is a part. Further details on the roles of Conservation Area Advisory Committees can be seen here.
We currently operate from the offices of our chairman, Hugh Cullum, at Hugh Cullum Architects, 61B Judd Street. To contact us by email, please send a message via our contact us page.