GLERA's seven main objections to the current proposals:
The proposals are too dense for the available space. There is no green space and nowhere for children to play. An overcrowded site will not make for good homes, a successful school or a contented neighbourhood.
The tower block will loom over the Estate and much of the neighbourhood blocking light and causing considerable damage to the setting of the Estate and adjacent conservation area.
The school which was originally planned to accommodate 80 pupils will now host 458. This is not only a huge number for this site but the City of London Academy which will run the school has completely failed to show that there is a demand for so many new school places. And if the demand does exist in the north of Islington, a large number of pupils will have to be driven to Golden Lane with devastating effect on an already congested and polluted environment.
The school hall which is separate from the school is designed for adult sports and private hire. Its size and positioning will block light to the allotment and requires the removal of mature trees with no space for adequate replacement. There will be smelly kitchens and noisy air conditioning plant adjacent to Basterfield House. It will also compete with the existing community centre currently being refurbished.
The noise from the school playground will echo across the Estate.
The tower block will have a blank and lifeless ground floor facade at street level giving nothing back to Golden Lane in terms of liveliness or interest.
The proposal causes substantial harm to the setting of the Golden Lane Estate and the St Luke’s Conservation Area. Golden Lane Estate is listed Grade 2 and Grade 2*. It is listed not only because it is architecturally distinguished but has also become an exceptional example of how to make public housing work for the community.
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City of London Planning Department
The Department of the Built Environment
City of London
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London Borough of Islington Planning Department
London Borough of Islington
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London N1 1XR