HTA’s Planning Team gained planning permission for the development of 17 new homes together with public realm improvements at this Islington Council Estate in early 2011, working with Burrell Foley Fischer Architects.
Sixty undercroft garages were converted to provide 15 spacious one bedroom flats and an additional two family homes on a former parking area within the Estate. The development, now complete, has had a positive regenerative effect on the homes at Vulcan Way. A former dark undercroft has now been enlivened with ground floor flats with front doors and new garage doors and shared surface areas.
This scheme had a number of planning challenges: The one bedroom flats could not be provided with any amenity space due to the constraints of the site and the fact that they were created from converting garage spaces. We were able to justify this approach as being acceptable by providing arguments on the quality of the accommodation provided and by assessing accessibility to surrounding open spaces and whether surrounding open space was sufficient for the existing residents of the Estate. We also justified a housing mix contrary to policy preference but were able to justify it using statistics on housing need in the Borough.
Location: Vulcan Way, Westbourne Estate, Islington
Client: London Borough of Islington
Collaborator: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP
Accommodation: 17 new homes and public realm improvements
Start Date: 2011