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Agenda item

Unit 1, Fonthill House, 113-115 Fonthill Road Islington, N4 3HA


Full Planning Application-Alterations to existing shop front and associated fascia, and installation of internal security shutter; creation of replacement access ramp at ground floor rear; new automatic gate to front; and erection of timber fencing at rear.

Advertisement Consent-Display of 1no. internally illuminated fascia sign with integrated LED matrix panel, 1no. internally illuminated projecting sign, 1no. illuminated signboard at rear, and associated vinyl graphics.

(Planning application number: P2020/0217/FUL and P2020/0224/ADV)


Members were informed that although the report before committee is listed as one item on the agenda, the two issues specified above and the recommendations are to be considered and voted on separately.

In the discussion the following points were made:


  • The Planning Officer informed the meeting that the item before committee is a council own proposal. The building is of little architectural merit and is not listed, nor is it located within a conservation area
  • Members were advised that considering the proposed alterations to the glazed shopfront are minor in nature and includes the installation of an internal ramp and new glazed doors and handles, it would not cause harm to the character or appearance of the host building or to the wider streetscene.
  • With regard tothe advertisement consent, meeting was informed that condition 3 has been recommended so as to ensure that the LED display is static, not animated or flashing with a maximum illuminance level of 250 cd/m2.
  • On the impact of the display on the street scene, the Planning Officer indicated that the hanging sign will be modest in scale and projection so will not cause harm to the character or appearance of the host building or to the wider Fonthill Road streetscene.
  • A Member welcomed the provision of more affordable workspace in the area.
  • On the issue of public safety, the meeting was advised that the proposed projecting hanging sign would sit approximately 2.3metres above the pavement level below and would therefore not cause harm to pedestrian safety. In addition meeting was informed that as the illuminance level of the signs and LED matrix display is limited, officers are of the view that the proposal would not cause undue harm to road safety.
  • Members were informed that the scheme had been quality checked and is supported by the GLA and that it provides an opportunity for the community and businesses to exhibit their work to the community. The applicant congratulated the Council on their positive involvement in the scheme.



Councillor Kay proposed a motion to approve the recommendations in relation to the full planning application. This was seconded by Councillor Klute and carried unanimously




That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee, submitted representations and objections provided verbally at this meeting, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and informatives set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report and subject to the prior completion of a Deed of Planning Obligation made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 securing the heads of terms as set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report.


That the Committee grant advertising consent, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report


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