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‘Inappropriate dormers’: Hawkins\Brown’s King’s Cross warehouse revamp blocked

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Thank goodness for Islington Council's planning committee's seemingly better understanding of the principles of good planning than that exhibited by the planning officer or the Mayor of London. And thank goodness for a diplomatic but sensible planning inspector. The developers and architects will just have to get their heads around the idea that, in the context of listed buildings and conservation areas, they can't just over-stuff a site to maximise the economics of re-use, under the Mayor's 'principle of intensifying the office uses of the site'. Has this decision shown the way to questioning future unprincipled exploiting of this principle? - there seems to be scant regard for local conservation areas in some parts of London - or listed buildings, for that matter, if the temporary re-housing of Parliament is anything to go by.

Posted date

13 August, 2019

Posted time

9:43 am

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