Cloudesley Association Update

Several new items to report, covering:

  • Planning Deadline
  • Website
  • Church turrets
  • The Bridge School
  • Cloudesley Square – moving the skip etc.
  • James Murray talk on housing in Islington
  • Changes to Parking Permit fees for Diesel Fuelled Vehicles
  • Leader's Question Time

 

Planning Deadline

We would draw your attention to the fact that the deadline for submitting responses in respect of the planning application is tomorrow, Thursday, 12 February. Comments can be submitted on line, via e mail or by hand.

By way of reminder, the planning reference is P2015/0081/FUL – this can be viewed on the Islington website – the link is

http://www.islington.gov.uk/services/planning/applications/comment/Pages/planning-search.aspx?extra=11#header

The proposed response of the Association to the plans is set out below and can also be viewed here.

 

Website

We are extremely excited to be able to announce the unveiling of the new Association website, kindly designed by Nick Collin. Nick has done a tremendous job and we are incredibly grateful for his amazing contribution.

The website is www.cloudesleyassociation.org

Please take a look. We would be very grateful for all feedback and suggestions, including any materials that you may be able to provide. I am hoping to be able to include the Association constitution shortly.

Please note that we are still working on setting the Association e mail address up properly so please continue to e mail either myself, Florence or your street rep for the time being.

 

Church turrets

You may have noticed that the church turrets are in the process of being re-wrapped. Camilla Gersh from the Anglican church has kindly agreed to come and talk to us in our next residents meeting about the plans for the turrets to be restored in the long term. We are in the process of finalizing a date and location for that meeting, which we anticipate will take place at some point in March. We will circulate details as soon as possible.

 

The Bridge School

Linda Quirk of Richmond Avenue is now on the governing body of the The Bridge School, Integrated Learning Space. It is incredibly helpful to have a resident on this governing body and we congratulate Linda on this appointment.

 

Cloudesley Square – moving the skip etc.

Further to requests from residents in Cloudesley Square, the Association contacted the Council and Cllr Murray in relation to the builders' cabin and skip that have been temporarily installed outside numbers 1-4 Cloudesley Square for nearly 12 months, causing disruption and noise and general inconvenience to residents in that area. The Council have confirmed that they are looking into this and Cllr Murray has confirmed that he has asked this matter to be raised on his behalf with Partners. [Breaking News - it's gone!  Congratulations to everyone involved!]

 

James Murray talk on housing in Islington

James Murray will deliver a talk on "Housing Growth versus Budget Cuts" at the Islington Town Hall on Thursday 19th February at 7pm, in which he will discuss 'how to raise money to increase good quality social housing without overdevelopment and spoiling the living environment'. This event is organised by the Islington Society.

 

Changes to Parking Permit fees for Diesel Fuelled Vehicles

From 1st April there will be a £96 surcharge on resident permits for diesel vehicles. Details will be sent directly to residents. Some exceptions will apply.

 

Leader's Question Time

You have the opportunity to ask Council Leader Cllr Richard Watts a question about local issues on Tuesday 3rd March at St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ. The event starts at 7.30pm. You can e-mail your questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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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Re: Planning Reference P2015/0081/FUL

The Cloudesley Residents Association (the “Association”) is in favour of maintaining the Dowrey Street site for educational purposes and is supportive of the continuation of the PRU occupying the space, along with the new Bridge School and its small school-term only residential block.

However, the Association objects to the following aspects of the plans submitted to the Planning Department of Islington Council:

The Height of the Main School Building

According to the plans, the height of the parapet of the new building will be 1.4m taller than the parapet of the current building. This is substantially higher than was originally discussed with the Association. One of the main concerns of many of our residents at inception of the planning process was that the main school building would be more or less the same height as the current building and residents were vehemently opposed to the provision of a third storey for this reason. The proposed height is not dissimilar to that of a three storey building. We would ask for the height to be reduced as much as possible. We understand that this can be achieved relatively easily by the use of more efficient materials.   

Skylights

In additional to the overall height of the building, the plans submitted include a number of very tall skylights, which would take the height of the building up 1.5m above the proposed parapet. This would result in the uppermost point of the building being 9.2m tall, which is imposing on the amenity of most residents with houses overlooking the main school building. We would ask that the design of the skylights be changed to lower their impact on the surrounding area.

Handrails

The current plans include the provision of a continuous handrail along the periphery of the main school building. This is unsightly and could be replaced by other safety measures hidden behind the parapet.  This would greatly improve the elevation of the building.

Car Parking

The Association notes that the application has been advertised as a car-free scheme, in line with current Islington planning policy. However, the plans include the provision of 7 car parking spaces including 2 disabled parking spaces. The Association appreciates the need for the disabled parking spaces. However, it is felt that one disabled parking space should be at each end of the site (to allow disabled children to enter their respective schools through the main entrance). All other parking should be on the street.

Construction Traffic

The Association would like the Council to carefully consider the impact of construction traffic on local businesses and residences.

Conditions

As the site is contained in a residential block, the Association would also like to request that planning conditions include the following:

  1. That landscaping is completed before the schools are allowed to commence operation; and
  2. That construction work is limited to Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm.

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