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Haringey gives ‘cast iron’ guarantee of 11 affordable homes at Hornsey Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 18:10 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 23 October 2017

Haringey Council has struck a deal with developer Far East Consortium which sees the firm pay for 11 affordable homes as part of plans for Hornsey Town Hall. Picture: Purcell

Haringey Council has struck a deal with developer Far East Consortium which sees the firm pay for 11 affordable homes as part of plans for Hornsey Town Hall. Picture: Purcell

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Haringey Council has given a ‘cast iron’ guarantee 11 affordable homes will be included in plans to redevelop the area around Hornsey Town Hall.

The council said Friday it had negotiated a deal with developer Far East Consortium (FEC) for a section of the Broadway Annexe part of the multi-million pound restoration of the Grade II*-listed building to be given over to affordable housing.

Haringey’s housing boss cllr Alan Strickland said: “Our priority for Hornsey Town Hall has always been to deliver restoration of this much-loved landmark. But we’re committed to bringing affordable homes to Haringey. I’m delighted we can make a cast-iron guarantee that affordable homes will feature in the redevelopment,” he added.

In May FEC organised a series of consultations on early plans.

But the developer’s final plans sparked a public outcry after they were unveiled at a packed public meeting in the Earl Haig Hall.

Angry residents objected to proposals for blocks of flats rising up to seven storeys at the back of the Town Hall site they said threatened to overlook homes. They also attacked a lack of affordable housing.

In August it emerged property company ULL advised FEC that including affordable homes in its plan would not be cost effective.

Hundreds of people have since objected to the plan available on Haringey’s planning website.

Now FEC’s updated plans show a reduction in the height of one of the new housing blocks, Block B, which the developer wants to build at the back of the site.

A council spokeswoman said negotiations over the financial viability of the scheme were “robust” and continuing ahead of revised plans coming before the planning committee in December.

She added the council was also making a commitment to using money it gains from the development, “if necessary”, to guarantee affordable homes.

On the affordable homes, FEC’s John Connolly said: “This figure represents a considerable increase from the 2010 consented scheme that comprised four affordable units. The location of these units means they are at the heart of the development.

“Our viability discussions are ongoing and our commitment remains firm - to invest over £36 million in the restoration of the Town Hall and Annex,” he added.

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