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Porphyrios resubmits plans for mixed-use scheme in north London

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Porphyrios Associates has resubmitted plans for this mixed-use scheme off Holloway Road, north London, for developer First Base.

The traditionally-designed scheme, in a rundown area of Holloway Road close to Highbury Corner, was sent back to the drawing board in March following feedback from Islington residents who were concerned about its scale and density.Located on the former Mann & Overton taxi showroom site, the development now includes 119 apartments - down from 128 - in a series of buildings that have been both reduced in height and set 14.6m further back from adjoining properties.There will also be 289m2 of retail and commercial space at street level available for local businesses.Porphyrios director Demetri Porphyrios said: ‘The traditional design will ensure that it blends seamlessly into the local environment. Our aim with this project has been to create something that will not only enhance the lives of the residents but also invigorate the overall streetscape of Holloway Road itself.’But, speaking in the Islington Tribune, local resident Mike Weedon, who lives in a flat in Highbury Crescent at the rear of the proposed scheme, said the revisions did not go far enough.’We will be overshadowed by this huge, overbearing, six-storey building,’ said Weedon.’It will remove our light and sunlight. And our view of lime trees will be replaced by a north-facing brick wall,’ he added.by Max Thompson

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