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30/03/2017

Appeal: Office space preferred to more hotel rooms in Islington

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Plans to convert a mixed-use building's office space into hotel rooms have been blocked after an inspector decided that although the local plan promotes the proliferation of both, office space should be prioritised.

The application seeks to convert the middle floors of a five-storey building in Islington into hotel rooms, bringing the whole building under the control of the hotel. Inspector Graham Chamberlain referred to the 2016 London Plan, which reaffirms the area as part of the Central Activity Zone and a “unique economic hub”. To promote this status, the plan aims to protect both office........
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