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The latest Bulletin from The Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum
September Round-Up

A catch up on local planning and development over the last couple of months...   Hornsey Libraryreborn, thinking about Crouch End's urban realm design, working with the HTH Arts Centre,nighttime manoeuvres, and updates on current developments.

Major rebuild for Hornsey Library

With bits apparently dropping off, Haringey have committed an impressive £3.3m to carry out serious structural repair, replacement, and refurbishment. The works are scheduled for January-August 2019 and include a re-design of the internal library spaces. 

The submission to Planning can be found on the Haringey planning portal under HGY/2018/2748 and HGY/2018/2749 for listed building consent. The public consultation period is open until October 19. Do let us know any thoughts.

Read more here.

A design for a new town centre, a Crouch End survey

Little of note appears to have happened with TfL's and Haringey's Liveable Neighbourhood Initiative since we last spoke (that's the project to redraw Crouch End's roads to encourage 'active transport'), so the Forum jumped in with our own snapshot survey... and found that people like walking, trees, heritage shopfronts, and places to sit. Who knew? ...  But yes, we are also willing to make a new Amsterdam.

We'll be pressing Haringey for a proper opportunity for the community to steer this, and hope to exert influence through the Neighbourhood Plan. You can download the results of our survey into the priorities and issues for the public realm and read on here.

Hornsey Town Hall progress

The Town Hall project continues to inch forward (a reminder for those who missed it: the entire site is now in private hands, do keep up), with the odd burst of new activity such as the SaturdayKERB market, and the opening of the marketing suite.

The next move is audience research by the Audience Agency, who may have to cut through a little consultation fatigue. Still, if we want a successful new model Arts Centre, get involved (you can register your interest with them) ... read more here.

And to think, it was only a year ago we were enjoying campaigning about the planning application.

Crouch End, North London's premier nightspot?

Well, it's a possibility as far as the local borough boundaries, actually, maybe across Enfield and Barnet too...  at least that's what a look at Haringey's figures for licensed premises would lead one to conclude. And yet, strangely, although Muswell Hill, Green Lanes and Wood Green all feature in the survey of night time economies in the new London Plan, Crouch End wasn't mentioned at all...  read more here.

Bricks and mortar
Whilst the Town Hall is our largest project, other developments continue – including the block rising behind Park Road (image), now topping out. Elsewhere the rooftop build on the 1952 (ex-Woolworths) Waitrose building looks to be happening with a recent application to confirm materials – 3 penthouse flats are planned.
On Tottenham Lane, the ex-Hornsey Journal building development is well advanced (the units up for sale). Meanwhile, the demolition of Kwik Fit and replacement with a large block containing 26 flats, retail, and a new gym on the lower ground floor has been consented, though work has yet to commence (we note that well regarded MEB Motors have already closed). We've commented previously on this here.
Meanwhile, the half built block at no. 159 (20 units plus retail) is on hold and back in Planning. We quote –  
     Regrettably, construction works at the site have come to a halt due to financial restructuring and the appointment of a new development team. The newly appointed team has identified several deficiencies and limitations with the originally approved drawings

Oh dear.

Don't forget there are many other creative developments in Crouch End, from the U3A, to Hornsey Historical Society and the Crouch End Festival (who are looking for Christmas stall holders).

Crouch End Players also have been in touch to mention their upcoming show, click the image for details.

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The Forum are working toward a survey of Crouch End and the development of policies that can direct the way our community develops in the future – our Neighbourhood Plan

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Keep an eye on our website for details of forthcoming meetings and events

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