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Last night, councillors unanimously rejected plans to building a hideous extra storey on top of Northview. Many thanks to all of you who signed.
We are still hoping to get Northview locally listed on its own merits and because of its place in a 1930s cluster, and to have it included in the conservation area.
Northview is an attractive enclave of flats in Holloway, north London. Its owners want to build a hideous, hefty extra storey on top of the larger block.
This wanton act of architectural vandalism will ruin the understated elegance of Northview’s deco design and its community feel. It will make the estate feel hemmed in and less safe.
It will mar an almost intact 1930s corner (see below). Original features, such as deco banisters, Crittall windows and detailed parapets will be damaged or destroyed.
Northview retains many original features, from its architectural design and layout that maximise natural light to deco touches drawing on Mayan and Egyptian influences.
Designed to be a natural community, it sits between two main roads in an inner-city commercial area, providing a rare, restful oasis. Its horseshoe-shaped layout, gardens and mature trees give it the feel of a village green.
Northview is opposite the Holloway Odeon, also built in 1938, and they provide a glimpse of how the area must would have looked more than 70 years ago.
This cluster of deco buildings in very different styles work together to create a lot of visual interest in a complementary fashion.
We therefore call on the council to:
• Reject planning application No P101448
• Consider Northview for local listing, on the grounds of its historic and architectural interest, and as part of a 1930s corner
• Preserve the 1930s corner by including Northview in Mercers Road/Tavistock Terrace conservation area, which already contains the Odeon
Northview Residents' Association