Material gains as textile designer gets green light

Go-ahead for three-storey house and workshop in Canonbury after fifth attempt at winning planning permission

Friday, 19th June 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Clarissa Hulse house plan

An artist’s impression of how the house and workshop could look

A LONG-RUNNING planning saga was finally resolved this week as a council committee gave the green light for a luxury textile designer to build a three-storey house and workshop in Canonbury.

Clarissa Hulse, which creates textiles for department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams, was given permission to demolish an outbuilding at the back of the Corsica Street property to enable an L-shape three-bed house and working space to be built, incorporating the existing two-storey structure currently facing the road.

Ms Hulse was visibly relieved as the plans, at least the fifth set of applications over 33 years for the site, were unanimously passed subject to a Section 106 contribution of more than £150,000 towards affordable housing and carbon off-setting, and an agreement to build the project as a car-free development.

She spoke of the value she felt her business brought to the area

“I have 75 per cent of my products made in the UK, quite a lot of it sewn up by a mental health charity in East London, I’ve been working with them for about 17 years.

“I’m really passionate about the craft side of my business. It’s a dying art in this digital age.

“I put on educational art workshops and college students come to look at my work, which is quite an unusual business model. I also have lots and lots of loyal local customers, numbering in the hundreds.”

One objector spoke at the meeting, which was streamed online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Sophie Linnett expressed concerns an additional floor proposed would “directly affect” her property opposite by reducing light. She also spoke against a planned terrace that could overlook her property.

But planning officers said they were confident the changes would not impact adversely on any neighbouring properties.

Five responses to the public consultation were in support of the plans, which the committee admitted was “unusual to see”.

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