Arsenal tower plan kicked into touch

A computer generated image showing how the tower will appear

A computer generated image showing how the tower will appear - Credit: Archant

Arsenal’s plan for a skyscraper could have been kicked into touch after a judge blocked the plan.

The club wants to build a 25-storey tower, complete with 400 student bedrooms, in the shadow of their Emirates Stadium in Hornsey Road, Holloway, but Islington Council refused permission in 2011.

A planning inspector overturned the decision after Arsenal appealed, but the town hall immediately launched a legal challenge in the high court.

On Tuesday morning a judge threw out the inspector’s ruling, which means the appeal on whether the club can erect the 78-metre tower will have to be re-heard.

Chris Eisen, of nearby Drayton Park, who co-ordinates the Stadium Neighbours Action Group (SNAG), said: “It’s a shame it keeps going back and forth but it’s a step in the right direction.”

Cllr Richard Greening, who represents Highbury West, said: “Lots of people have objected to the tower. It clearly goes against our policy on tall buildings and I am very happy the inspector’s decision has been overturned.”

A spokesman for Arsenal said: “We are aware of the court’s decision which was made on Tuesday morning and will now consider our position.”