As many Society members will know, Islington Council has been trying for some time to extend their lease on Myddelton Square Gardens, so that improvement works can take place. This intention was temporarily thwarted by the freeholder who submitted plans for a commercial development on the site. These plans were turned down by the Council, and again on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The Council has now once again applied for an extension of their lease, and a court hearing has been scheduled for Friday 17th April, 2015.
There is an outstanding application from Turnhold (Islington) Ltd, the owners of New River Head, to develop some of the buildings on the site for residential use. The Amwell Society objected on the grounds that this would make it more difficult to make the heritage assets on the site accessible to the public, as was originally envisaged. Islington Council failed to make a decision about this application in the allotted time, and the applicant has now appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. The appeal will be determined at a hearing to be held at 10.00am on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 in Room 6a, NCVO Building, All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL.