The residents of Wilberforce Road in Finsbury Park (London N4) and the surrounding streets need your help in fighting a soon-to-come planning application to demolish 12 Victorian houses to replace them with a larger building that will have 146 rented en suite rooms. This will be a house in multiple occupation (HMO) where the occupants will share kitchens and social spaces. In addition, there will also be 16 flats.
Residents have formed a group called ‘The Wilberforce Road Guardians’ to make a stand against this new block. We need people to object when the planning application opens for consultation. We need people with experience in planning policies, planning law, researching the area’s history and campaigning against such developments to help us.
Wilberforce Road is a largely unaltered Victorian Street built in the 1870s. Most of the houses are semi-detached. It is thought to be one of the finest Victorian streets in Hackney. If this development is allowed it will change the road forever. It survived serious bombing during the war and we hope it can be saved from developers as well.
Rainbow Properties propose to demolish houses 3 to 25 and to rebuild number 27 internally. To get the number of rooms they require they will go down to basement level and add an extra set-back storey on top. Three storey houses will become five stories. The building will go nearly to the back of the property removing the gardens. Residents feel that it is out of character and the development will increase the number of people living in the area for a short time. This part of Hackney already has a very high density of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), hotels and hostels.
If you can help us please contact via the email Wilberforce Road Guardians [email protected]
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Twitter @SaveWilberforceRoad / @WilberforceRoad. You can find out more at the website www.savewilberforceroad.org.uk.