Published: 2nd November 2017

Quod recently achieved a successful appeal decision after Islington Council refused planning permission for a mixed-use development on White Lion Street, near Angel Tube Station.

A private developer sought permission for the redevelopment of a vacant site to provide a contemporary five storey building which would include a restaurant, office space and a three-bedroom flat on the top floor.

Despite strong policy and officer support for the mixed-use development, Islington’s Planning Committee refused the application and, notably, one of the Council’s reasons for refusal was that “The proposed scheme does not result in sustainable development as it fails to maximise the development potential of this urban site. It fails to deliver a maximum number of units on the site…”

It’s unusual for a Council to refuse an application because they consider that it includes too few homes. However, the Inspector agreed with Quod that there are no policies at the national, regional or local level which require a development to deliver the maximum number of units which are possible on a site. Nor should there be, as this would require all new homes to be built to the absolute minimum standards.

As always, Quod are very pleased to assist clients in obtaining permission for the development which meets their individual requirements. For further information please contact Adam Coombs.