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Gunning for the Arsenal

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Arsenal FC's plans to build a new stadium - involving seven planning applications - have generated more than 900 written responses from individual members of the public, most of them raising concerns about the project. Islington council said it was delighted by the figure and the 'unprecedented' level of public consultation over the schemes.

This has involved leafleting 45,000 households, a series of public meetings and providing material on CD-ROM and on the Internet.

The main issues concern the height of the HOK Sport-designed stadium; the density of housing by Allies and Morrison at Highbury; and of housing at Lough Road masterplanned by Piers Gough and the building of a new waste transfer station and depots. The council will decide on the applications in June or July.

Nottingham-based Groundworks Architects has won the £500,000 job to design this flagship Sure Start development in Leicester.

The practice beat a shortlist including Sergison Bates and Greenhill Jenner in the design competition, which was overseen by the CABE. The scheme will provide a 'child-centred community facility'.

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