Gunners told to cut back local development


Arsenal Football Club has been told to limit development around its new Emirates stadium.

Islington council has criticised the scheme and architect, CZWG is now revising its proposals, industry magazine, Building, has reported.

The council’s head off environment and regeneration, Kevin O’Leary, has criticised its "scale, mass and bulk" and argued some of its commercial property would conflict with nearby retailers.

Head of CZWG, Piers Gough said: "We had political changes, and a change in planning officer, which conspired to redirect us."

Its initial plan included a 14-storey tower block, which it later revised to 21 and it also increased the number of proposed flats from 288 to 725.

Mr Gough has acknowledged the revised scheme will see the block revert to nearer its original size.

"But we will have nearly as many apartments as we planned and 50 per cent of them will be affordable, which is higher than in the original outline consent."

The club has claimed its stadium is the most advanced in Europe. It is reported to have cost £375 million and is partly owned by US businessman, Stan Kroenke.