From Pippa Connor
I am writing to you about the recent amendment to the planning application on the Hornsey Town Hall site.
I was shocked to read that the Labour-run council are prepared to underwrite the £3.5m cost of 11 affordable homes on the new development at the back of Hornsey Town Hall and haven’t insisted the wealthy developer FEC provides them.
Whilst 11 affordable homes are certainly better than none, as originally proposed, it is nowhere near the 40% affordable housing target that the Labour-run council is supposed to be getting. That target would have provided 59 affordable homes in the centre of Crouch End, not 11.
The negotiations between the council and FEC should have been far stronger, with affordable housing a must. The fact that the FEC have now been told by the council that if they don't budge during the planning application from their 0% affordable housing offer the council will pay £3.5m for 11 homes, is no incentive for the FEC to provide any affordable homes at all!
FEC will surely be making a substantial profit from the sale of the other 135 homes on the site and from the development of the apartment hotel. Does the Labour Cabinet seriously believe FEC can’t afford to build any affordable homes?
Local people should be asking the Labour Cabinet Member to insist that affordable homes are paid for by the private developer, so that the local taxpayer does not pick up the bill whilst the developer picks up the profit. This matter will be coming to the Planning Committee in December.