Courting approval?

The Clerkenwell County Court building is not, confusingly, in Clerkenwell, but on the corner of Duncan Street and Duncan Terrace near the Angel.

It closed as a working court back in 2006 when the Clerkenwell court merged with the Shoreditch one at a new site in Gee Street.

As a County Court, much of its business was small claims and possession orders, but there was the occasional headline case.

Now there’s a planning application in to convert the old court to housing; 30 homes, with a mix of flats, maisonettes and bedsits. The proposals are out for consultation until 9 July. For full details and to give your comments, see the application at Islington Council online planning site.

If you’re interested in planning applications in your area, you might want to sign up to the Planning Alerts service. They send emails with headlines about applications near you, over a much wider area than any written notification, and not limited by borough boundaries.

Converting court buildings to accommodation is nothing new in Islington. The former Clerkenwell Magistrates Court on Kings Cross Road is now the Clink hostel.

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