Dear Residents

Cloudesley Association Update

Happy New Year

 

1.            The Planning Application

The planning application for the redevelopment of the school site has not yet appeared on the Islington website.  We'll continue to monitor this and let you know as soon as it is registered (which must be any day now, particularly as it looks like the school has now been vacated). As a reminder, residents will only have 21 days to comment on the plans.

2.            Local Consultations

We thought you should be aware of three important consultations that were launched by Islington’s Planning Policy section of the Council Regeneration and Planning Division on 8 December 2014 (see the e-mail note from Jonathan Gibb at the end of this e mail below).

They are drafts of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) that will guide local planning policies into the future and will be used in making decisions on planning applications for many of the developments that we will be seeing in the coming months and years. They are:

  1. New guidance on Basement Development
  2. Revisions to the existing Urban Design Guide
  3. Proposals for Preventing Wasted Housing Supply

The consultation ends on 30 January and to encourage and assist with consultation response, the Planning Officers have agreed to explain the proposals to amenity groups (and the people of Islington in general) at a presentation to be held in the Town Hall, Upper Street.  It is:

 

A Presentation and Discussion of proposed changes and additions to Planning Policy Documents

To be held In the Council Chamber at

6.30 on 19 January 2015.

Everybody is Welcome : Please pass this invitation on to your committee, members, friends and acquaintances

 

3.            Cloudesley Square Church

As you may have seen, scaffolding has been erected.  We are expecting the mesh netting to be replaced by similar netting but hopefully in a more tasteful/in keeping colour.

Camilla Gersh, the Church Buildings Support Officer of the Anglican church has been managing this and is liaising with the Celestial Church of Christ to discuss lease arrangements and hopefully then sort out funding for the long term repair of the turrets. Camilla will hopefully be able to come along to our next Cloudesley Association meeting to give a progress report and answer questions.  

4.            Foxes/Squirrels

Unfortunately, the council has (predictably) said it can’t help us control the number of foxes/squirrels in the neighbourhood. Surprisingly (not least because foxes in particular are riddles with disease), both these animals are classified as wild mammals and are not classified as Public Health pests.   This means that there is no statutory duty  for the Council to take any control measures regarding these animals.   The Council provided us with the attached advice to Residents on what control methods are available to deal with foxes and squirrels that  are causing specific problems.  They also suggested that there are specialist companies who will  advise on control methods and remove individual rogue foxes in extreme circumstances (notably at our expense).  

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

Amanda and Florence

On behalf of

The Cloudesley Association

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From: Gibb, Jonathan [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] On Behalf Of LDF
Sent: 08 December 2014 11:40
Subject: Islington Council: Consultation on three Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide guidance and add further detail to Islington’s local planning policies and are used in making decisions on planning applications for different types of development.

From Monday 8 December 2014 until Friday 30 January 2015 the council would like to get your views on three different documents:

 

  1. Preventing Wasted Housing Supply draft SPD

In spring 2014 the council consulted on a discussion paper which explored the so called ‘Buy to Leave’ phenomenon: when individuals or companies buy new residential dwellings for speculative investment purposes only, leaving the home vacant. This has the effect of removing these new dwellings from Islington’s housing supply. The discussion paper also explored potential options for preventing wasted housing supply in the future. We have used the responses from this earlier consultation to inform a draft SPD which we are now formally consulting on. The SPD proposes to take measures through the use of legal agreements (known as Section 106 agreements) to ensure that new-build housing in major developments is not left unoccupied and can therefore contribute to meeting Islington’s and London's housing needs.

During the consultation the draft SPD will be available alongside a Consultation Statement which sets out who was consulted when preparing the SPD, a summary of the main issues raised by those persons and how those issues have been addressed. These documents are available:

  • Online
  • In hard copy at: Municipal Offices, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm)
  • For reference in Islington’s libraries (find your local library at )

 

How do I give feedback?

  • By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In writing:  Freepost, RSEA-CUHA-YYAS, Planning Policy, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

Following this consultation your comments will be analysed and, if necessary, changes may be made to the document. The SPD will then be taken to the council’s Executive in 2015 for formal adoption.


  1. Islington Urban Design Guide discussion paper

We are also consulting on a discussion paper which explores potential revisions to the existing Urban Design Guide SPD, adopted in 2006. These revisions are necessary to provide further guidance to support the delivery of recently adopted Local Plan policies as well as to address new issues, and development trends.

The discussion paper, which needs to be read in conjunction with the existing Urban Design Guide, is available online.

How do I give feedback?

  • Online
  • By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In writing:  Freepost, RSEA-CUHA-YYAS, Planning Policy, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

Comments received during this initial consultation will be used to inform a full draft SPD that will be formally consulted on in 2015.  The revised SPD will set out general principles, objectives, describe detailed design considerations and provide illustrative examples of good practice. It will also provide a comprehensive and holistic reference point which integrates issues around sustainability and inclusion.

  1. Basement Development discussion paper

Finally, we are consulting on a discussion paper that sets out options for providing further guidance on basement development. The purpose of the discussion paper is to identify the potential impacts associated with subterranean development within Islington, taking into account current development trends, and consider the need for specific guidance to be developed in relation to basement development.

The discussion paper is available online.

How do I give feedback?

  • Online
  • By email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • In writing:  Freepost, RSEA-CUHA-YYAS, Planning Policy, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR

Comments received during this initial consultation will be used to inform a draft SPD that will be formally consulted on in 2015.

General information

All comments should be received by 5pm on Friday 30 January 2015. Please note that all comments will be made publicly available.

Please provide us with any updates to your contact details. If you do not wish to receive updates about planning policy documents, please contact us and we will remove your details from our database.

If you require any further information please contact the Planning Policy Team on 020 7527 6799 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely

Sakiba Gurda

Planning Policy Team Manager,

London Borough of Islington