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A planning application (prior approval for change of use) has been submitted for what was the Hornsey Journal Building, next door on one side to the former Salvation Army Citadel - now The Arthouse Cinema, Cafe and Bar, and on the other side to the newly refurbished Kwik-Fit (why I wonder have they taken so long to refurbish it - I can't see the difference). And just 2 doors away from a further proposed development.

As far as I can tell this is unobjectionable, mainly because it's what the government wants - an office building no longer used as an office, but being re-used as living accommodation - brownfield development adding to the housing stock. What is being proposed is simply to put up some partitions in the interior and fit the resulting rooms out as living space.

What might cause problems I suppose is the fact that the building will become 6 residential units, which is quite a lot, and maybe these are weasel words in the application "MINOR EXTERNAL WORKS ONLY WOULD BE THE SUBJECT OF A SEPARATE PLANNING APPLICATION FOR FULL PLANNING PERMISSION AS REQUIRED"

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This has gone back to planning, mainly because they have decided not to demolish the building. It needs someone to analyse the consequential changes, as set out in the hand drawn revisions to the original drawings.

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