As reported on HoL last year, Kwik fit opposite the YMCA in Crouch End and some surrounding buildings have been under threat of development following the submission of plans for a five-storey block of homes and offices.
The plans were finally rejected by the Planning Inspectorate last week.
Developer Lyne, Frank & Wagstaff Ltd appealed to the Planing Inspector on the grounds of “non-determination” before their application had even been considered by Haringey Council’s planning committee, claiming council officers had taken too long to consider the plans.
Following a three-day inquiry from May 29 to May 31, the inspectorate ruled against the developer and rejected the plans on August 7.
However, the plans faced more than 40 objections including concerns about the development overlooking the gardens of homes in Fairfield Road and invading neighbours’ privacy.
There were also concerns about noise nuisance from roof terraces proposed in the development and fears that the complex would create an eyesore amid the Victorian conservation area.
The proposal to demolish Kwik Fit, in addition to repair garage MEB Motor Centre and car wash Bubbles, which would have shed numerous jobs in the process, was also widely opposed.
Whether this means the current buildings are saved or merely reprieved remains to be seen.