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Islington council hits back at Peabody over homes scheme

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Islington Council has written to George Barlow, chief executive of the Peabody Trust, slamming as 'unprofessional' its proposal and appeal over the development of the bingo-hall site on Caledonian Road (aj 5.11.98). Ian Crawley, head of regulatory and planning services, wrote to Barlow on 9 November, saying that Peabody had been told before it bought the site that it was in leisure use and that housing development would be contrary to Islington's Unitary Development Plan

He writes: 'If the trust has a code of ethics it would be difficult to argue that any of the following actions respect it:

demolishing a building latterly in leisure community use, in the full knowledge that the council wished it to be retained

demolishing a building without submitting the application required in law

demolishing a building whose use was protected in the adopted Unitary Development Plan without any evidence that a leisure use was not viable

going to appeal without seeking a meeting with either myself or the chief executive as previously offered.'

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