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KING'S CROSS PLAN DEFERRED

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Rolfe Judd's controversial attempts to build a major new chunk of London's King's Cross area have been knocked back by members of Islington's planning committee.

The councillors voted last week to defer a planning application by P&O developments next to King's Cross Station, a scheme which has already been attacked by local community groups (AJ 21.12.00) and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (AJ 29.6.00). The councillors felt it did not provide enough affordable housing or homes for key workers and they voiced concerns about the lack of an overall masterplan for the area. It was felt the plans did not include enough space for the community, did not have a sufficient level of mixed use, and the designs did not present the site as a gateway into the borough. The 46,858m 2plans include a six-storey, 361-bed hotel, 25 residential units and more than 25,000m 2of office space. Councillor Paul Fox, Islington's vice-chair of planning, said the proposals 'fall far short of what is needed'. 'I'd like to see something that people who live and work there will like and those that travel through will like and remember for the right reasons.'

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