‘Ugly grey’ sports hall will be ‘black cloud’ over Islington

FRUSTRATED residents say a new school sports hall which could be built in a conservation area looks like “an ugly big grey box”.

The design of the potential development at Hanover Primary School and Nursery in Noel Road, Islington, has been criticised by a number of nearby homeowners.

The hall will be attached to the listed school building and next to the Regent’s Canal.

Plans for the three-storey extension, which also include a new playground, are being considered by Islington Council’s planning committee tonight (Thursday) – and have been recommended for approval by council officers.

Oya Richardson, who lives in Noel Road, said: “This will be like a black cloud on our horizon. It is disgusting how the council could even begin to entertain having something which looks like a huge grey box next to the school. The design is grotesque.”

Resident Helen O’Hanlon said: “We support the need for better facilities but this design is hideous. I had so many problems just changing the beads on a sash window because of the conservation area. It seems like one rule for us and another for the council.”

Aggrieved neighbours claim the design statement was not available to see online with the planning application until February 2 – a day before the consultation which started on January 11 was officially due to end.

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Councillor Paul Convery, executive member for regeneration and leisure at Islington Council, said: “All comments will be received up until the date of the committee.”