Neighbours of Highbury church oppose new hall, saying Islington ‘has enough community space already’

Christ Church in Highbury.

Christ Church in Highbury. - Credit: Archant

Neighbours of a Highbury church are objecting to plans for a new hall and cafe on its grounds, saying there’s enough community space in the borough already.

Christ Church’s planning application to build a single-storey block has had to be referred to committee because five people living nearby have complained.

As well as arguing there are already an adequate number of community facilities both in the borough and in Highbury, they say the number of people in the area who will benefit from it is small.

They also feel the proposal is “out of keeping with the conservation area and harmful to the setting of the church”, which is Grade-II listed, and that a new cafe would divert business away from Oasis in the Park.

The building in Highbury Grove would house a new church and community centre, and will contain a main hall, two offices, a kitchen and a café with a serving hatch into Highbury Fields.

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Islington’s planners say it should be approved, though. They said: “The proposed development, particularly the provision of additional community space, is welcomed in principle, and would represent a significant improvement to this part of the church premises, which is unsightly.”

A decision will be made on Tuesday next week.

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