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Mount Anvil Gets Green Light for Highbury Park

Mount Anvil secured planning permission on Monday 11 October 2010 to develop a prime site in Highbury Park in North London.

Mount Anvil secured planning permission on Monday 11 October 2010 to develop a prime site in Highbury Park in North London.  Leading London social housing provider Family Mosaic Housing Association has worked closely with Mount Anvil on securing planning for the scheme.

The three-acre site was the former headquarters of Action for Children and was purchased last year by Mount Anvil, beating off strong competition from other developers.

Permission has been granted by the London Borough of Islington to develop a range of housing, together with public open spaces.  The scheme consists of 143 homes (82 properties for private sale and 61 affordable homes) including the retention of Loxford House, a Victorian building, which will be converted into apartments, together with a nursery and community facilities, all set within mature landscaped grounds.  The development will feature a mix of 13 private and five affordable new-build town houses and 125 duplex apartments and flats (69 of which are private)  -  with a high proportion of family homes.

This scheme has a build value of c£30 million and is architecturally led, with the retention of a high proportion of mature trees and the creation of green spaces for public use.  Pre-commencement work is due to start on site at the end of this month.  The completed development is expected to be delivered by the end of 2012.

Killian Hurley, Mount Anvil chief executive, said:  "Highbury Park is a prime site with excellent potential for creating first-class homes in an outstanding setting.  The development will deliver much-needed new family housing for London, excellent community facilities, public open spaces and a good balance of private and affordable homes.  We have a strong track record in Islington and we look forward to getting started on a scheme that will enhance the neighbourhood and the quality of life for people already living n Highbury Park."