Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Balmond set to lose 'Nimby' planning battle

  • Comment
World-famous engineer Cecil Balmond looks to have been thwarted in his attempts to stop a small residential development next to his Victorian home in Crouch End, north London.

Last year the Arup deputy chairman - the brains behind some of the most ambitious structures of the last decade - was branded a 'Nimby' after objecting to a two-home development on a neighbouring plot in Coolhurst Road by SLLB Architects (AJ 29.06.06).

Among Balmond's main concerns were the 'loss of pretty green space', 'the overdevelopment of the site and of Crouch End in general', the potential 'destabilising of [the] area' and possible 'subsidence' to his own home.

However, it seems the development, which has been tweaked and resubmitted since Balmond lodged his written objections, has won the backing of Haringey Council's planners and is expected to be given the thumbs up next month.

Balmond, who has worked on every one of the innovative Serpentine Pavilion projects since 2000, claimed the objections were actually penned by his wife on his own headed paper.

Meanwhile London-based practice SLLB is adamant that the proposed development - the latest in a long line of failed applications for the site by a raft of different architects - will not adversely affect the surrounding area.

In a letter to the council, the practice states: 'Our proposal carefully considers the privacy and views enjoyed by the neighbouring residents and is designed to minimise any impact on the surroundings.'

by Richard Waite

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.