44With Argent St George selected as developer for the site, Camden council had to gear up to deal with the development proposals. While the strength of Argent’s bid for the role of London and Continental Railway (LCR)’s development partner was its track record and proposed development process, the absence of any specific proposals meant that there was a long way to go to a development scheme. 1 It was anticipated that the negotiation process would take years, not months, and would involve many different parties. Elected councillors needed to provide a clear policy steer for negotiations and to do this, had to be engaged and briefed. Planning officers needed to work out a strategy for the negotiation process, and ensure that an appropriate statutory policy framework was in place, and the Planning Department had to be properly resourced. Other service directorates also had to be prepared for the potential policy, service and financial implications of the development.