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PUBLIC CONSULTATION CAN MEAN SUCCESS AT ARCHWAY

LETTERS

Your article entitled 'Archway battle set to come to a head' ( ajplus 12.12.06) contained several errors which I hope you will give me the opportunity to put right.

As the planning authority for the Archway redevelopment, Islington Council appointed the Building Design Partnership (BDP) to produce a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which we then intend to adopt. It is not the case - as your article asserts - that a proposal by BDP is being lodged with the council in January.

Along with BDP, we have organised and held meetings with representatives of the Better Archway Forum (BAF) throughout the process of drafting the SPD. So I am disappointed and surprised to see that BAF is reported to feel it has not been given the opportunity to be involved in drafting the SPD.

Good public consultation is crucial to the success of this project and we are committed to asking and listening to local people's views. A series of informal public consultation events have been organised in order to draft the SPD and there is a six-week formal public consultation being held from January.

Lastly, there is no 'major supermarket chain' involved.

We are not at a stage where a developer or potential retail operator has emerged. What we are currently doing is preparing a policy document which will inform future development in an area which is overdue for regeneration.

Terry Stacy, deputy leader and executive member for housing and communities, Islington Council

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