King’s Cross Central, Triangle site: Notice of Appeal Hearing

Folks, Our neighbour Diana Shelley requested this notice be posted.

Last July Islington’s West Area Planning Sub-committee rejected developer Argent’s application to develop the Triangle site between York Way and the East Coast Main Line (you can see it from the corner of Randell’s Road).

Councillors were concerned that too little affordable housing was proposed. Argent decided to appeal against Islington’s decision and there is to be a Public Inquiry. Cally Rail Group and King’s Cross Railways Lands Group will be opposing the appeal at the inquiry.

Come to the Public Inquiry

The inquiry will start at 10 a.m. on 19 February and almost certainly go on till 22 February. It will be held at The Crescent Suite Highbury, 70 Ronalds Road (off Holloway Road), N5. There will be about 25 places in the public gallery. Please come if you can, even for an hour or two.

We’re told the venue is wheelchair accessible, but if you need disabled parking facilities or other facilities like tape loop etc we suggest you contact Lisa Topliss at Islington council (phone: (020) 7527 2786, email: lisa.topliss@islington.gov.uk).

The two community groups will be making a two-part case. We’re worried that the site may not be suitable for homes, because of noise, but if the Inspector decides it is suitable we want more affordable homes than are currently proposed. You can find out more about our case on the King’s Cross Railway Lands Site www.kxrlg.org.uk.

Consultation on new environmental information

The Planning Inspectorate has asked for more environmental information, particularly on noise and wind. This is good news for us, as we’ve been saying for years the site may be too noisy for housing.

The Inspectorate has required Argent to provide a supplement to their Environmental Statement and this is now out for public consultation, so anyone can give their opinion on it. Write to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/23 Hawk Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay Bristol BS1 6PN, or through the Planning Inspectorate website: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/1102936775956.html.  Remember to put the case reference APP/V5570/A/07/2051902 on your comments. The deadline is Thursday, 14 February.

You can see a copy on the 5th floor, Camden Town Hall, Argyle St, Euston Road, WC1, or ask Argent (King’s Cross), 5 Albany Courtyard, Piccadilly, W1J 0HF for a hard copy, or download it (about 6.5 MB) from http://kingscross.argentgroup.plc.uk/further_information/ES_Supplement.pdf or via www.kxrlg.org.uk.

It’s not as long as it looks: the reports are in the first 23 pages. We haven’t finished analysing it yet ourselves, but we would urge anyone who lives close to the Triangle site and wants to tell the Inspector about noise there to write to the Inspectorate. If you’d like to discuss it first, do get in touch with us via office@kxrlg.org.uk and we’ll do our best to advise. We may also need to revise our own case in the light of the new material.

Best wishes

Diana Shelley
On behalf of Cally Rail Group and King’s Cross Railway Lands Group

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