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The London Borough of Haringey Planning Department made another very disappointing decision by granting a change of use for the Earl Haig Asset of Community Value. By allowing it to become a nursery it has reduced its value to the greater part of the community and concentrated its appeal to the well off, or publicly subsidised, parents of young children.
There are a number of well argued objections to this change of use attached to the original planning application.
As a sop to the community, now twice deprived (the community facilities at hornsey Town Hall are also subject to immense change) LBH attached conditions to the planning permission requiring a Community Use Policy and a Travel Plan.
The Community Use Plan is clearly designed simply to discharge the condition. There seems little hope that any community group will benefit from the possible hire at indeterminate and variable cost, and the review policy seems designed to come to the conclusion that there is no demand
The Travel Plan provides little comfort either, allows 60 of the 100 expected customers to arrive by car on day 1. This is both proportionally and absolutely too high a number. Elder Avenue will struggle to cope with this number of pullings up and droppings off. There is a target set to reduce this number to 55 over 5 years, a barely perceptible improvement.