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The Hornsey Depot on Hornsey Street, the main face of which is the Hornsey Baths, has once again been the subject of negotiations between Sainsbury's (part owner of the site) and the London Borough of Haringey (part owner of the site). 

In this ever more enlightened age of transparency and openness these negotiations are once more shrouded in obfuscation. 

I can offer you these notes from the most recent cabinet meeting of LBH:

Item 36 ‘Disposal of Hornsey Depot’
The report was late because it was subject to ongoing negotiations, which could not be concluded in time to meet despatch deadlines. The report could not wait until the next meeting because a decision was
required urgently to avoid unnecessary delay in the disposal and subsequent capital receipt on which elements of the capital programme would depend.

Avoiding unnecessary delay is obviously a good thing. Avoiding necessary delay (so that we know what we are talking about) is perhaps less good.

CAB362. DISPOSAL OF HORNSEY DEPOT
Cabinet considered an exempt report, presented by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Carbon Reduction, which related to the Disposal of Hornsey Depot.

"exempt" in this context means secret, i.e. not to be revealed to the public. Even the outcome of the consideration does not get minuted. 

Sorry I can't be of more help.

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A little more information from Haringey - it's the "subject to planning permission" caveat, and the complete absence of financial details that leaves us in the dark.

Fresh focus for Hornsey regeneration

Publication date: Monday 18 February 2013

Derelict warehouses and offices in Hornsey are set to make way for hundreds of affordable homes and a revitalised high street.

Largely unused land behind Hornsey High Street will be redeveloped into housing and a supermarket after initial proposals were approved last week (12 February) by Haringey Council's Cabinet.

The deal between the council, St James Homes and Sainsbury's will see land currently owned by the council and Sainsbury’s sold for development - regenerating a long-dilapidated site and delivering hundreds of new homes.

Almost half of all homes built at the site will be affordable, and any proposed development will offer both rental and low cost home ownership to help local families get on the housing ladder.

Cash generated from the sale of the land will be ploughed back into other regeneration projects across Haringey to boost economic growth.

Highlights of the development, subject to a planning application being submitted and approved, will include:

  • Hundreds of new homes - including 42 per cent affordable - many with three of four bedrooms making them suitable for families
  • A new supermarket and a smaller shop, bringing new jobs to the area and boosting economic growth

Councillor Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Finance, said:

"Redeveloping this derelict land is central to Haringey Council’s long-term ambitions for the regeneration of Hornsey.

"This deal will bring much needed affordable homes; create new jobs for local people, and transform the appearance of Hornsey High Street.

"By working in partnership with Sainsbury's to sell the land, we've been able to secure a better deal for local taxpayers and guaranteed that more money will be available to spend on other important regeneration projects across the borough."

The land will be developed by St James Group Ltd. Subject to planning permission, St James Group are expected to be on site by April 2014.

Local residents will be fully consulted once more detailed plans are drawn up, and the developer will be required to carry out assessments of the impact on other businesses and traffic.

The site includes an old council vehicle depot, offices, the old Hornsey Coroners Court and former warehouses, which have long been unused.

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