Thursday 27 June to Saturday 29 June 2013
The original Islington Council planning briefs for the site of the New River Head were created in 1991 and 1999 on the two occasions when the site was developed into a mainly residential area. These are now considered to be potentially out of date as there have been changes in national and local policy. Also, following the recent appeals against the council’s decision to refuse planning permission for further residential development on what is the most historically interesting part of the site, the pump house and the windmill base, the Council believe it is necessary to reaffirm the original brief if it is still to hold good, and are asking the community what they think in 2013.
The draft planning brief can be found on the Islington Council website www.islington.gov.uk/newriverhead and there are two drop-in information sessions at the Old Finsbury Town Hall On Thursday 27th June 6.00am – 8.00pm and Saturday 29th June 11.00am – 2.00pm.
The draft planning brief restates the original aspiration to recognise the pump house and the windmill base and the coal stores as a heritage asset and to use them for offices, meeting spaces and an educational facility such as a museum without harming the buildings historic value. The brief then links these plans with the Council’s current policies.