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Amin Taha wins appeal against Clerkenwell Close demolition order

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The planning kerfuffle over this building seems to have been centred entirely on the appearance of the front elevation, but there's surely another issue - illustrated in Richard Waite's piece on 1st October last year in the AJ - that needs addressed. A photograph taken from further along the street clearly shows how the exoskeleton has been built in front of what could reasonably be assumed to be the building line, with the facade itself on that line. The new building looks for all the world like a massive Stone Age gantry crane that could slide down the neighbouring row, and maybe the frame is built on the line of a basement that projects beneath the pavement, rather than on the previous building line? If so (and I couldn't find any picture of the previous building on the site) is this setting a precedent for other, less scrupulous, people to argue the case for encroaching on the street with new developments? London property prices being what they are, could this open the way to a lot of very contentious proposals that would do nothing but damage to the architecture of their setting?

Posted date

16 August, 2019

Posted time

10:21 am

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