Neighbours get preview of couple’s townhouse plan
Wealthy pair canvass support for a single-storey house and basement development
07 April, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
An artist’s impression of the interior of the proposed single-storey home. PICTURE: 6A ARCHITECTS
A WEALTHY couple this week showcased their plans for a new townhouse just off Barnsbury Square.
Neighbours gathered at the Drapers Arms pub to hear architects for Matthew Slotover, co-publisher of Frieze art magazine and co-director of Frieze Art Fair, and his wife, design historian Emily King, detail their plans to build a single-storey house on the L-shaped site to the rear of numbers 21-28 at the square.
The couple are canvassing support from neighbours for the scheme, which will see existing garages demolished and a one-storey house, basement and boundary wall built.
The Tribune understands Town Hall planning chiefs could demand more homes be built on the site.
The site where the new home could be built
The application’s design and access statement said: “They [Mr Slotover and Ms King] wish to build their own home in Islington for themselves and future generations.
“The applicants have an in-depth involvement in the arts and design, and have professional experience and involvement with the commissioning of award-winning architecture.”
Neighbours in Thornhill Road and Belitha Villas, whose homes back onto the site, expressed concern about construction noise and working hours. They demanded that the couple draw up a deed guaranteeing that the house never has a roof terrace overlooking their gardens.
Barnsbury Square was voted London’s “most peaceful road” by the Evening Standard in 2013. Mr Slotover bought the site at auction the following year.
The couple will make a £50,000 contribution to affordable housing in the borough, if the application is approved.
The plans are expected to come before a Town Hall planning committee on April 20.