A farce over fossils

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Do minor variations between consented drawings and completed building warrant a demolition notice?

The news that Amin Taha is to submit drawings to planners showing the precise location of fossils in the facade of 15 Clerkenwell Close would be farcical if the reasons behind it weren’t so serious.

Taha has been served with a demolition notice to flatten the building because Islington Council deems the fossils in the stone exoskeleton of the building to be rough, hap-hazard and therefore deleterious to the conservation area in which the building is located. There are other breaches cited in the notice including a door being moved to the side, internal changes and the fact that not all of the office space has been built out. Taha is to submit detailed drawings of the facade in the hope that this will satisfy the council and he won’t have to go to appeal in spring next year.

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