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Planning Applications and Architectural Services in Islington

Islington is a small but diverse and popular borough with some impressive traditional local architects, in particular its attractive Georgian garden squares [right and top]. Its classical style tends to be well-proportioned 3-4 storey houses with regular windows and London (butterfly) roofs. It has also managed to retain the street layout set down in the 19th C, and still has many historical buildings such as Sadlers Wells theatre, rebuilt no less than 5 times.

There are some contemporary financial buildings along Islington’s City border, yet the planning department has succeeded in retaining the character of Islington by implementing planning policies that refuse poorly designed or inappropriate applications. It is worth noting that they do approve planning applications which improve neglected areas, or reflect local historical tradition.

Islington’s regeneration policy therefore ensures vibrant – yet conservative – forward development, in terms of aesthetics and functionality. There is much pressure from developers, which the council endeavours to answer by not only rigorously preserving but even enhancing the distinction of its characteristic appeal and traditional aesthetic image.


Islington Planning likes:


Clear information, see 1.

Definition & Safety, see 2.

Green walls & roofs, see 3.

Improvement applications, see 4.

Well-lit paths, see 5.

Natural Surveillance, see 6.


  1. Islington appreciates clear and transparent information in its applications, which are individual to the site and not prescriptive or generic. Information should focus on the design solution along with policy requirements.
  2. Islington likes developments which define a space and promote community safety. [This can be enabled by avoiding dark, unlit corners in a new design.] They should fit in the background or in context with public life in order to connect communities. These are so important that Islington considers them as design features, along with aesthetics.
  3. Islington also promotes green walls and roofs to reduce pollution levels and promote cooling in urban centres. The residential density is high, and the ratio per capita of open spaces is low, hence green infrastructure is very much encouraged.
  4. Applications which improve and reintegrate low standard sites with the good character of the rest of the area.
  5. Well-lit pedestrian routes with clear sightlines [no alleys or tunnels with corners].
  6. Natural surveillance. Communal courtyards or adjacent spaces should not be walled but have windows to inhibit crime or unsocial activity.
Islington Planning resists:

Flat Conversions, see 1.

HMOs, see 2.

Gated Communities, see 3.

Gated Routes, see 4.

Unlit corners, see 5.


  1. Flat conversions are a popular application theme, as are HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation). This is probably due to prospective revenue, but also possible because of the demand for single units. However because of the shortage of larger units, these tend to be resisted by council planning departments, particularly if there are already conversions along the same street, because each road tends to have a certain quota.
  2. Moreover, Islington will not allow an HMO if it negates larger units, which invariably it would in nearly 100% of cases! Exceptions to this would be if it was a change of use from non-residential, or if it was a new build.
  3. Gated communities; as these undermine natural surveillance and disconnect communities.
  4. Gated routes; which are not a solution to design or community flaws and obstruct thoroughfare.
  5. Unlit corners: these promote crime and adversely impact feelings of safety.
Islington Planning advantages:

Variety, see 1.

Inclusion, see 2.

  1. A good thing about Islington’s attitude to design is that they do not wish for a blanket style across an entire area. In this way, they actively encourage innovative design solutions instead of the monotonous procedure of ticking boxes. Again, the result goes beyond pleasing aesthetics as the planning department understands the social and economic impact of good design in its four commercial town centres and the smaller local groups of businesses in residential regions that are pivotal to the borough’s strong economy.
  2. Another inspirational initiative on the part of Islington is their cohesive approach that affordable housing should not be of a lower standard than private accommodation. This social policy has positive and far-reaching implications to reduce ubiquitous social segregation in the near future.
Islington Planning on flat conversions

If you wish to do a flat conversion, the property needs to be at least 125m2, and one of the units must be 2 beds (or larger). If the house is 140+m2, 2 of the units must be 1 x 2 bed and 1 x 3 bed, which is clearly due to the pressure on housing stock for larger units.

The borough policies aim to ensure good accommodation to enhance quality of life. To this end, amenity space must be provided as follows:

LevelI – 2 OccupantsAdditional OccupantsFamily Units (3+ bed)

Ground Floor


5m2 for each

30+m2 combined total

Upper Floor


1m2 for each

(see above)

Planning architectural practice in Islington

Extension Architecture provides a full range of services in the Islington area; including:

We provide a full range of services with regards to all manner of planning permission and drawing types in the Redbridge area, including:

  • Planning Application Drawings (including Plans, Sections, Elevations etc.)
  • Retrospective Planning
  • Building Regulation Drawings for Building Control in Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Consultancy for Commercial Development
  • 3D Visualisations (Immersive Design)
  • Interior Design
  • Spatial Planning and Layout
  • Feasibility Consultancy


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Extension Architecture’s portfolio includes several planning applications with Islington Council and designs in the London Borough of Islington. Therefore, we have a good under-standing of Islington Planning Department’s changing policies.

By keeping up with relevant planning and con-servation legislation changes, we have retained a high rate of approved applications. Our projects in Islington have included extensions and retail applications in conservation areas.

If you are looking at Islington architectural practices or architectural designers in London, we can advise you of Islington’s conditions and size requirements for flat conversions, HMOs or new properties.

Before you do an Islington Council planning search, speak to our planning team who can explain things like Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), and whether it would apply to your application or not.

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