We’ve started to sift through over 330 documents which make up the planning application. We’ll keep updating this as we go and soon we’ll hold a public meeting to go over what the biggest problems are, as well as explaining how the planning process works, including what types of issue the planning officers will consider and what types they won’t (date to be announced asap, sign up to our newsletter here and use the social media buttons at top/bottom of this page to keep in the loop)
Here is a summary of some of the problems we’ve found with the plans so far –
Women’s Building. The amount of space allocated for this facility is insufficient. The Supplementary Planning Document produced by Islington Council called for replacement of the women’s support services that used to be provided in the prison, but they won’t fit into the space currently on offer. Islington Council consulted local women’s organisations and 85% of them said the current plans are insufficient.
No dedicated community space. The plans show various resident facilities, but no community facilities, publicly accessible.
Re-use and recycling of the existing buildings. Nothing is expected to be reclaimed for re-use – all materials will be recycled (except for a small proportion going to landfill).
Dual aspect A High proportion of the homes are single aspect only with up to 9m from the back of the home to the window(s).
Daylight I haven’t been able to find where the daylighting of the new homes is detailed. Previous indications have suggested that around 50 will fail to meet minimum recommended daylight levels.
Overheating. Many flats are confirmed as being at risk of overheating. The solution for this is a form of air conditioning (cooling), but the number of homes that actually need this is not confirmed. This will add to fuel bills, maintenance costs and carbon emissions.
Privacy and security. A number of ground floor homes are immediately adjacent to the pavement, with only a small strip of planting between the pavement edge and their windows.
The Play area for ages 0 to 4 is located adjacent to the 2-way road at the end of the park (with no fence or enclosure).
The outdoor café area at the rear of the women’s building block (at the edge of the park) that is so beautifully depicted in the visualisations does not actually exist in the plans. The area in question is narrow and surrounded by ‘rain gardens’ which are basically ditch-like planting areas for absorbing stormwater runoff.
Loss of daylight to neighbouring buildings. Rooms all around the site experience a loss of daylight, including a series of kitchens in Kimble House that have a 60-80% loss of daylight. How do we alert residents and help them to understand the implications for their homes?
Overshadowing of neighbouring gardens. A number of gardens are confirmed to experience a significant loss of sunlight.
Wind effects. Large areas of the outdoor space are shown to be only suitable for “walking”, not comfortable enough for “sitting”