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Give us time to think extend the consultation - #HTHbaddeal

So far Haringey's planning department has refused to extend the consultation period beyond 5th September (this date does reflect a slight concession to the holiday period) on the numerous and very extensive Planning Applications relating to Hornsey Town Hall.

Please write to our councillors in Crouch End asking them to intervene on behalf of their constituents to give us time to read at least some of the papers. As much as they may love this application, we are their constituents and they are our councillors, they should represent our interests. It might be a very good scheme, but we won't know if we don't understand it. First impressions are certainly not good.

Our councillors are :

Sarah Elliott sarah.elliott@haringey.gov.uk

Jason Arthur  jason.arthur@haringey.gov.uk

Natan Doron natan.doron@haringey.gov.uk

Reasons for asking for an extension of at least two months include:

  • The application is very big and very complex - there are 216 documents and four separate applications
  • It throws up a lot of questions of clarification , fact and request for more/better information - the applicant has not managed to keep on top of the documentation despite months of prepartion, how are we supposed to understand it
  • Impossible to meet and discuss with neighbours as so many are or will be away before the deadline - the current deadline is the day after the school holidays finish, possibly the first chance many will get to look at the detail
  • Many councillors and officers are also on holiday so it is difficult to get answers to any questions - though 'out of office' replies are available in abundance

Some specific problems include:

Unsatisfactory artists' impressions submitted with the town hall application.
Architects' views show trees in full leaf. We need to see all the views without the trees in leaf, and also without the trees in place. Alternatively at different angles so we do not have them blocked by trees. 

The plans show trees as having been removed on the corner of the library (adjoining the access), yet the simulation has retained these and used them to block the view to the new building (block A). We need this redone without the tree in place. 

In addition we require:
More views from Haringey Park, looking back towards block A.
Views from Primezone Mews . 

We also require views from Ally Pally, and Parkland Walk of better resolution so that we can zoom in and guage  the impact of the new buildings on the setting of the Grade II* listed building

The four planning applications in question are:

Tags: HTHbaddeal, dorsett, far east consortium, hornsey town hall, ojeu, planning application, tax haven

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How long does it take to determine a planning application?

Onthe planning portal it says 

Most planning applications are decided within eight weeks, unless they are unusually large or complex, in which case the time limit is extended to 13 weeks.
 
 

The statutory time limits are usually 13 weeks for applications for major development and 8 weeks for all other types of development (unless an application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, in which case a 16 week limit applies).

Where a planning application takes longer than the statutory period to decide, and an extended period has not been agreed with the applicant, the government’s policy is that the decision should be made within 26 weeks at most in order to comply with the ‘planning guarantee’.

So there is plenty of scope for extendingthe miserly 5 week consultation that Haringey has proposed.

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