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Planning permission for final Arsenal development

Planners have approved the final section of CZWG’s redevelopment scheme around the Emirates Stadium in North London – despite criticisms from CABE

CABE’s comments on the £160 million Queensland Road residential development sparked a fierce response from CZWG partner Piers Gough at the end of last year.

The watchdog was concerned about the ‘the quantum and height of the scheme’ and said it ‘appears exaggerated and driven by commercial interests rather than townscape decisions’. CABE also thought the extra traffic generated would be detrimental to the area.

Gough, a CABE commissioner, called the comments ‘outrageous’ and predicted the scheme would be approved by planners anyway.

The 730-unit development is comprises five 10 to 15-storey towers. CZWG reduced the towers’ height after earlier criticisms from CABE in 2001 and has also added more playground space and a new community sports centre.

Gough said he was delighted the scheme had been approved: ‘The club [Arsenal] has shown itself to be the most enlightened and proactive of developers in Britain. This approval is for a development of dramatic and exciting buildings and spaces making a lovely mixed use area to live, work and play.’

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