Planners have rung the changes to designs for a redevelopment of land neighbouring the Golden Lane Estate after concerted pressure from residents. The authority, which has put forward plans for a new school and additional social housing in partnership with Islington Council,...

Planners have rung the changes to designs for a redevelopment of land neighbouring the Golden Lane Estate after concerted pressure from residents.

The authority, which has put forward plans for a new school and additional social housing in partnership with Islington Council, held two consultation days in February, and last week unveiled what it believes to be considered tweaks to proposals in light of well publicised concerns.

Much of the estate is in favour of more social housing, but a primary bone of contention was the height of the proposed new residential block, which in revised plans has been shaved to 13 storeys at a cost of four new homes – down to 66 from 70.

And it was building height again that had residents riled up over the bid for the 420-pupil City of London Primary Academy Islington; a proposed 6.1-metre hall slashed to 4.5m and relocated away from the boundary shared with the Golden Lane allotments last week to allay fears.

A report said: “The Corporation is working with award-winning architecture practice Hawkins Brown, which has extensive experience of working across London and in conservation areas. “The design and materials will ensure the new development is sympathetic to its surroundings and flows into the streetscape.”

Both councils see the project, due for completion in 2020 under the current timescale, as essential to helping to deliver additional housing stock. Islington Council has committed to seeing 2,000 new affordable homes built in the borough between 2015 and 2019, including 500 new council homes, while the Corporation has pledged 110 additional homes a year up to 2026.

“As all the homes proposed are for social rent, this will make a significant contribution towards local housing stock,” the report added. A resident spokesperson had not responded to City Matters’ request for comment at the time of going to press.

Consultation feedback is being received until 2 May, prior to an application for planning permission being submitted on 17 May. To have your say on the revised proposals contact Jessica Stewart via jessicas@commcommuk.com, or write to Comm Comm UK, 34-35 Berwick Street, London W1F 8RP.

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