They were moving them earlier in the week to create more pavement space - the workman said he was employed to do it by the council 'because it was dangerous'.
I hear that the John Jones planning app. meeting has been put back to October.
Has anyone heard anything about the neighbouring 'Vista' development?
This sounds ridiculous - particularly when you wait for a year, to then be dismissed in such a way after 20 minutes.
I'm sure there must be a detailed explanation from whomever thinks they're representing the area, but they must recognise the dire need to develop the site.
...an I've no idea about the due process on such schemes, and this probably sounds naive, but can't elements of design be "negotiated"?
That's disappointing. I thought it was a good development and would be really good for that bit of the area.
What a shower. Can you appeal?
Thing is, this just shows an utter lack of any wider plan. You've got City North, Park Theatre, "Vista" and John Jones - that could all utterly transform the area if thought about more strategically. Yet they seem to be making decisions on individual cases without reference to any sort of context. It's so blinkered.
Unlucky Kate. Press on.
@ Andy - this despite the fact that there is a Finsbury Park masterplan. John Jones' plan fitted it well. I could cry.
Nice to see the new council is proving itself to be no less moronic than the old one.
Good luck if you decide to keep fighting. Exactly how six storeys is too high a couple of hundred metres from two planned huge tower blocks is beyond me.
As others have said, improving this area should also be a priority. The council owes you a detailed explanation.
Maybe they want a style more in keeping with the local area - ie. lovely single story, yellow buildings or garden shed-style retail units with torn bituminous roofs.
I share Helen's sentiment - if you need local support do shout out.
Yeah, you know i'm a development geek, but I spent hours pouring over those beautiful , detailed, well thought-out plans. I get angrier every time I think about it. Insanity.
I might write a condemnatory article about this and see if I can't get it published. A letter-writing campaign might be order too.
Kate, to that end please do give us the unadulterated details of their report when you recieve it. A
Kate, have you had any contact with the Trustees of FinFuture? They are the local regeneration trust and I am sure they might be able to help negotiate the murky world of committee members?
Timescales on planning appeals are anything from 6 to 9months from appeal submission date, so prepare for a bit of a wait unfortunately (The Inspectorate have targets for residential appeals, but not for commercial/retail, so the residentials get prioritised). Could be tricky if that Student Housing policy comes out before the Inspector considers the scheme and the policy is not helpful for your scheme.
It sounds that you've done a lot of work with the planning officer to get a positive recommendation, but perhaps not enough shmoozing has been done with the Councillors.
It may be a good idea to submit a slightly amended scheme (as well as run an appeal in parallel), a bit lower and one retaining a few more trees if possible, or an appropriate landscaping mitigation scheme. Provided you are happy with the compromises, this would potentially address the Councillors concerns and they may be more inclined to approve it, especially if this would result in a withdrawl of a potentially costly appeal for the original scheme. Although you'll still have the issue with how the Councillors perceive your approach to the Student Housing policy. I guess the point that their decisions need to be made on current policies rather than anything potentially emerging.
The friendly councillors of Tollington Ward (Richard Watts, Catherine West) are a good route into Jeremy Corbyn.
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