Finsbury Park Station/City North Development

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  • @misscara. I thought I was the only one who suffered from tunnel rage. Glad to have you join me
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  • The extra loop round to Station Place and then down to the platform definitely takes more than 90 seconds, especially when you have a ton of extra people doing it.<br><br>Be even more fun at Finsbury Park for those who are disabled or have pushchairs too.<br><br>I'm sure the street will be lovely and look just like the artist's impression.<br><br><br>
  • edited April 2014
    I used to be pretty cynical about artists' impressions. But the local high-profile projects, and especially the stuff going up in King's Cross, have tended to turn out rather better than the renders in my opinion.  <div><br></div><div>The cladding planned for City North isn't really to my taste.  But if you look at other projects by the same architects - such as the award-winning The Pod in Nottingham - you can't really criticise the attention to detail or finishes (whatever you think of the overall design, and I don't think much of it).</div><div><br></div><div><img src="http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118095356/http://www.cabe.org.uk/files/imagecache/csLarge/case-studies/node/9207/edit/The_Pod_Nottingham_002.jpg"></div><div><br></div><div>BDOnline have a good article about ThePod here: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/benson-and-forsyth’s-nottingham-pod-finds-its-place-in-past-and-present/3134394.article&lt;/div&gt;
  • @tomtom The link to the article is below. It states that "City North, with 308 homes, is being built right next to the station, and will include a Waitrose branch, restaurants, bars, cinema and gym. It launches in June, with prices from £300,000 to £1.5 million. Call 020 7087 5536." http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/area-guides/greater-london/map-your-house-hunting-future-new-homes-hotspots-along-victoria-line
  • @Stata thank you for posting the link<br>
  • Another gym? There's a gym at the station already. I had massively underestimated the need for gyms at the station! Will it be one of those pointless 'little Waitrose' ping cuisine, flowers and sandwich jobbies like the one on Tottenham Court Rd or a proper supermarket?
  • <p>Change is good for us. I'm sure that some people won't be moaning whilst they use the gym, the waitrose, and visit the shops and restaurants that open there. The area around the station is going to look tidier, there's going to be more for people to do in the area and it's going to create more jobs as well as houses. I welcome the development and look forward to the new face of Finsbury Park. </p><p>Thanks for all of the updated information. :o)</p>
  • Two page spread in yesterdays Evening Standard advertising City North - now open to UK buyers.  Some artists impressions I hadn't seen before including lots of people sitting outside drinking lattes.  Cinema was described as a mulit-screnn cinema.<br>
  • Keen to see an online version of this/scan if anyone finds one.
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  • edited May 2014
    Great!!! Jonty and me are def moving out to there from Lorne Road. I can just about afford it. It will be closer to both my local jobs and surely less smelly. Joyce and Hassan are rolling in money since her dad died in south end so they are looking to move to a nicer place. The Waitrose clinches it really doesn't it ? Chang
  • Oh are you opposed to the development Misscara?
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  • Net gain of 47 affordable homes isn't bad - but I would have hoped for a higher number.  Still, good number of jobs will be created.<br>
  • edited May 2014
    @Misscara: I specifically meant this one - note the definite article.  I was poking you for saying the same thing over and over again. You will miss the irony of you complaining about circle of hell debates!
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  • Well they are going to be a mixture including some social rent and some part ownership (from 35%) (which I gather are going to be prioritised for islington residents) - hence actually affordable to locals.  Or did you mean something else?<br>
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  • edited May 2014
    @Misscara: Yes it could. <br>I think there is a difference between us though. Sure, sometimes I will post a news update on this (or other) developments for people’s interest. If someone makes a criticism that I disagree with then I will sometimes counter it with what I hope is a reasoned argument, often supported by evidence.  I don't think I can be fairly accused of making the same narrow point over and over again.<div><br>You, though, just find different variants of saying ‘it’s bad and will destroy the area because building housing makes people poorer’ over and over again, in a predictable and rather Pavlovian way – we all know it’s coming as soon as anything remotely related to development is posted by anyone, in any thread. Much like kreuzkav’s posts on anything ever.<br><br></div><div>Why repeatedly post something you have already said, when you know it won’t add anything to anyone’s understanding, either of the facts or of your opinion of them?<br><div>To illustrate the point - you *weren't* initially complaining about anything I was posting (unless me asking for link is me 'ranting on' - perhaps it is in your mind).  Your hyperbolic post was in response to NorthNineeten posting some new information.  That's what I ribbed you for.  Where's the irony?</div></div>
  • The part ownership isn't for social tenants, it's for any Londoner who can't afford to buy a flat/house.  The only stipulation is that you don't own a property, you earn less than £66,000, and then you need a small deposit (around £4,000 normally) and I think in the case of City North you will have to be an Islington resident (though I'm not certain on that - it may be any Londoner).  There are properties in Harringey open to Harringey residents.<br>
  • edited May 2014
    <font size="2" face="Trebuchet MS">@NorthNineteen -- The definition of 'affordable has been so distorted by developers, housing associations and the Government that it's meaningless.</font><div><font size="2" face="Trebuchet MS"><br></font></div><div><font size="2" face="Trebuchet MS">For example, another development in Islington had two flats on sale for around £700,000, <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 18.987144470214844px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">yet they both met the official criteria used to describe "affordable" – and qualify for taxpayer support.</span></font><div style="font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;"><br></div><div><font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">http://www.theguardian.com/money/2012/jun/22/affordable-home</font></div></div>;
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  • Yep, definitely no irony.
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  • edited May 2014
    You first.  I like it here, you're the one who's supposed to be leaving.
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