A vacant lot at the back of Chadwell Street which had for decades been used as a car park previously created from the back gardens of Myddleton Square and Chadwell Street, was bought by Galliard Homes in 2010. They consulted the local residents about the development of the site and then in September 2011 put in a planning application to build seven houses, one of which was a gatehouse fronting onto Chadwell Street. Objections were made concerning the density of the development. It was believed that the site was too small for seven houses and that one of them was too close to the back gardens of Myddelton Square, and would affect the light. The style of the gatehouse was modern and some felt it was incompatible with the existing Georgian houses in the street. The fact that it was a gated development contravened Islington planning policy. The immediate neighbours were also concerned about the disruption the building works would cause as the houses were to be built with basements which would require extensive excavation.
In October 2012 Galliard Homes made a planning application to demolish the wall fronting onto Chadwell Street. This included listed building consent and was separate from their previous application. They have been in discussion with the design and conservation officer about the development of the site since last summer, and neither application has yet been decided.
Galliard withdrew their application before it went to the planning committee, and resubmitted a revised design in July 2012. They had gone some way to meeting the previous objections. The roofline had been lowered to reduce the impact on the neighbours and the wider conservation area; none of the new buildings would overlook existing homes. The gatehouse on Chadwell Street had been reduced in size to match the ground floor height of neighbouring buildings, and the boundary walls would use reclaimed brick to match the existing houses. The developer stated they would adhere to the Considerate Constructor scheme, controlling noise and dust, site security and working hours. Galliard Construction has a good record in achieving high ratings under the scheme.
In its favour the development is designed to be highly sustainable; the materials used will achieve the best possible rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification. It will be a car-free development, with extensive green roofs, natural insulation at the lower levels, and heating from microCHP or air source heat pumps. All the trees around the site will be preserved, and new trees planted as part of the landscaping.
Residents adjacent to the site are still unhappy with Galliard’s proposals and are opposing the revised planning application.