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Six-storey home in Archway gets greenlight

Works due to start in Spring next year

08 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

FOUR tower blocks rising to six storeys will be built in Archway after planning chiefs gave the project the green light this week, writes Calum Fraser.

The play pitch, St John’s Community Centre and the caretakers’ lodge by the Elthorne estate will be bulldozed and replaced with the blocks, from two to six storeys in height, after councillors unanimously voted through the scheme at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

About 35 per cent of the 46 homes that will be built will be let at social-rent levels, while eight units will be delivered through the shared ownership scheme and 22 will be sold at market value.

Planning case officer Stefan Sanctuary said that more flats could not be delivered due to higher construction costs associated with the development of high- quality homes and landscaping.

Planning committee chairman Councillor Martin Klute expressed concern about the percentage of social housing, but accepted Mr Sanctuary’s reasons.

A new community centre will be built along with a “pocket park” in Duncombe Park as part of the scheme.

Twelve objectors to the plans raised concerns about a potential increase in crime and anti-social behaviour as well as “overpopulation and an unacceptable increase in density”.

Building work is due to start in spring 2020.


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