Affordable homes guarantee for Hornsey Town Hall

Affordable homes are included in the amended plans for the Hornsey Town Hall development submitted this week.

Part of the Broadway Annexe element of the multi-million-pound restoration of the grade II* listed building in Crouch End will now be affordable housing, following robust negotiations between Haringey Council and town hall developers FEC (Crouch End) - writes haringey.gov.uk.

Revised plans published today show 11 affordable homes alongside some with revised designs, which local residents have the opportunity to comment on before the designs come before the council’s planning committee in December.

In addition to the provision of the affordable homes in Broadway Annexe, FEC’s updated planning application shows a number of minor design changes and a reduction in height of one of the new-build housing blocks that will sit behind the existing Town Hall building.

The council and FEC are continuing to have robust negotiations about the overall financial viability of the scheme to ensure that affordable housing is maximised, with the council also making a commitment to investing its own land receipt from the development if this is what is necessary to guarantee affordable homes.

Ambitious proposals for the redevelopment of the Town Hall show how more than £30million will be pumped into restoring the Art Deco landmark – removing it from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register – and delivering a new hotel, arts centre, café and community spaces alongside a refurbished Town Hall Square.

Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, said:

Our priority for Hornsey Town Hall has always been to deliver restoration of this much-loved landmark. But we’re also committed to bringing new affordable homes to Haringey. That is why we have continued to press FEC to revise their plans to allow for affordable homes. Negotiations with the developers continue, but I’m delighted that we can make a cast-iron guarantee that affordable homes will feature in the redevelopment of Hornsey Town Hall.

The revised plans are available to view and comment on online here: http://www.planningservices.haringey.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=315513

Proposals will come before the council’s planning committee in December.

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