To: The Editor Ham and High Broadway
There is currently a planning application awaiting assessment by Haringey's planning department for Hornsey Town Hall.
The applicant is FEC (Crouch End) Ltd, part of the group which won the OJEU procurement process.
When the OJEU process began, council leader Cllr Claire Kober rightly said that when something "doesn't feel quite right the best thing to do is to re-group . .[ ] or rethink the strategy . . ." The full quote is below.
I wonder just how not "quite right" things have to be before a new strategy is sought. FEC has moved some considerable distance from the position that won it the bid. Three examples of this are the decision to put in a new, full planning application after all, on a larger scale than the previously permitted 2010 development, and the abandonment of the high quality four star hotel and offering absolutely no affordable housing.
The details of the promised art centre are, at best, sketchy.
Haringey has published a confidential document on its planning website setting out the details of the very, very poor deal Haringey has struck with FEC.
This seems to me to be "not quite right". I wonder can we expect Cllr Kober to stand by her statement?
"If we go out to procurement and the right solution isn't found, will we be bold enough to say "this isn't working" and go back to the drawing board?' - when something's not going right and doesn't feel quite right the best thing to do is to re-group and take the tough decision of saying it's probably right that we don't go down this route and we either, in the case of procurement, stop the procurement and go out again or rethink the strategy more fundamentally."