Controversial development given go-ahead in Barnsbury Square

A large office and residential development has been given the go-ahead despite fears over noise levels and heavy construction traffic.

Securivin Ltd has planning consent to build a three storey property in Barnsbury Square, Barnsbury, which will include 12 business units and 11 apartments.

Islington Council’s planning committee agreed at a meeting last night a plan of action from the company for managing the noise, traffic and impact of excavation work on residents and neighbouring properties during the construction period.

The developer plans to demolish and rebuild a property which is near the listed Mountfort House and within the Barnsbury Conservation Area.

At the meeting Roger Hickman, from the Barnsbury Square Residents’ Association, raised concerns regarding delivery vans taking materials along the narrow Barnsbury Terrace blocking the road for residents and emergency vehicles.

He said: “People will have to put up with the problem. I don’t see any safeguards.”

Geraldine Knipe, a planning officer for Islington Council, said construction vehicles would be accessing the area from Barnsbury Square and that the company risked enforcement action if the agreed construction traffic scheme was not followed.

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Councillor Robert Khan, chairman of the planning committee, said: “We always have these problems within this sort of development in a crowded inner city.”

She also said there would be sufficient sound insulation within the development to prevent noise from a car lift to an underground parking area affecting people living nearby.

Securivin Ltd has also reduced the construction period to 8am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am and 12.30pm on Saturday - after first applying for 8am to 6pm during the week and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.