Planning Approval Won on Holloway Road / by Taylan Tahir

We are delighted to have won planning approval from the London Borough of Islington for our new build, mixed use, scheme on the Holloway Road. Located within a shopping parade in the St Mary Magdalene conservation area, the scheme comprises commercial space at ground floor with three great flats above.

The positive approval marks the end of an, at times, adversarial planning process, that involved two pre-application meetings with Islington planners and further negotiation during the running of the application itself.

A number of comments raised by the planners during the pre-planning process were addressed and revisions to the design were incorporated.

Whilst the vast majority of comments at pre-app were accepted, a point of contention arose with regards to height and massing. Islington, throughout pre-app, insisted that the top floor be either set back or have a mansard roof, whilst we continued to argue for a full height top floor throughout and without a setback at the front.

Ultimately, we succeeded in convincing the planners that our proposed massing should be approved through:

  • Analysis and presentation of local development patterns
  • Use of local development precedent and examples
  • Scale models and visualisations of our proposal in context
  • A well-rehearsed and constructed argument

We are now progressing towards full technical design of the scheme, to be constructed as a cross-laminated timber frame. We are working hard to keep all structural timber elements exposed, bringing a warmth and richness to the interiors.