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Taken from the full planning objection

9. Reduction of office space HTHPS 7.46 The proposal comprises provision of 443 m2 of high quality flexible co-working office space, as well as additional flexible space that could be used for working. According to the HCA Employment Densities Guide (2015), this will support between 30 and 44 jobs. Hornsey Town Hall currently has approximately 75-80 businesses comprising a variety of arts and business disciplines, forming a vital community in central Crouch End. In 2016 it was calculated that approximately 130 people earned their living in Hornsey Town Hall. In addition to these numbers there are also the people who make casual hires – choirs, dance classes etc. The Mayor of London (http://www.sadiq.london/business_prosperity_and_opportunity) is keen to “Prevent the loss of business space” and “Promote the provision of small business and start-up premises in housing and commercial developments through the London Plan”. Those in the Town Hall at present have the type of accommodation the mayor is referring to – not the developer’s proposed shared space for a mere 44 people.

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