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FN newsletter 04-09-2022: The news, features and consultations

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Readers and contributors – Welcome to the first newsletter of autumn.
Covid is still of concern. Please follow NHS advice to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus. Information and how to get vaccinated is on Camden Council’s coronavirus web page and Westminster Council’s coronavirus web page.
Fitzrovia’s shops are being exchanged for bars, cafes, and restaurants. This has been happening ever since I first lived here 30 years ago. But the pace of change seems to be increasing. Since before the second world war arts suppliers Tiranti have had a shop somewhere in Fitzrovia. Even when WW2 bombs dropped on their shop they continued to trade from a different site in the neighbourhood. But now their premises at 27 Warren Street lies closed and empty and could become a sports bar if its licensing application (see below) is approved, and Camden’s planners don’t take action against a breach of use. We need a variety of commercial uses in Fitzrovia not a monoculture of licensed premises.
Our lead story is about the possible shrinking of Goodge Street Tesco. This is an important store for local residents who need affordable places to shop, especially during the cost of living crisis we are facing this winter, and beyond.
The new planning laws that came about in 2020 mean that shops can become restaurants without planning permission. And shops can also become offices, which what could be about to happen to the rear half of Goodge Street Tesco. All these changes make Fitzrovia a poorer place to live.
Also worrying is the amount of homes lying empty or being used for short-letting (FN passim).
If you want to get in touch with us to tell us what you think of our reporting, have a question, or would like to contribute to Fitzrovia News please email us at
– Linus Rees, editor

News, features and comment
Goodge Street Tesco under threat of downsizing
Hospital charity asks government inspectors to reduce social housing on Middlesex site
Monitoring report shows less motor traffic in West End Project area
Theatre restoration gets a boost from Neighbourhood CIL money
Permission given for Georgian townhouse to be demolished and replaced by 11-storey building
Decision on North Crescent site delayed until after heritage decision on telephone exchange
Cat cafe allowed to expand alcohol sales
The Tottenham Street rubbish berg (was) stuck fast
Planning, licensing, and public consultations
Licensing application: Quy’s – The Bluejay, 27 Warren Street
Licensing application: Pentole & Padelle, 35 Store Street
Licensing application: Tesco Express, 264-267 Tottenham Court Road
Licensing application: 11 Newman Street
Licensing application: Planet Organic, 23-24 Tottenham Court Road
Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia East, August 2022
Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, August 2022
Printed newspaper
Fitzrovia Community Newspaper Archive
News from elsewhere
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