Finsbury Park development raises student invasion fear
FEARS of a student invasion in Finsbury Park have been raised after a massive development rejected by town hall planning chiefs last year was approved on appeal.
The proposal for a six and seven-storey, 5,300 square metre building with a workshop, retail space, 15 residential flats and 475 student rooms in Morris Place, Finsbury Park, has been given the go ahead by a planning inspector.
The designs were put forward by picture frame makers John Jones, which has been based in Finsbury Park for more than 20 years and wants a new state-of-the-art workshop for its expanding business.
Frances Davidson, 68, secretary of FinFirst Neighbourhood Watch, said: “Development in Finsbury Park is needed, but we’re being overrun by students who make a hell of a noise, and in a residential area this is very difficult for people.
“Residents feel there’s an invasion of student accommodation in Finsbury Park and the whole of Islington – while housing is desperately needed for families in the borough.”
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Islington Council ruled in September that the development was excessive in scale, would damage the character of the area, and cause unacceptable loss of daylight and sunlight to its neighbours - but the planning inspector decided the overall regeneration benefits and the inclusion of some affordable housing meant the appeal should be granted.
John Jones declined to comment.
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