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Building a vision for Wood Green’s future - Haringey Plans

I'm not entirely sure all Haringey's assumptions about the future of Wood Green are justified - unless they know something about the Crossrail 2 consultation that we don't - but they certainly have grand plans

Building a vision for Wood Green’s future

Thursday 21 January 2016

Landmark plans to secure Wood Green’s future as one of the capital’s best places to live, work and shop will be launched for consultation next month after Haringey Council approved a range of proposals.

Consultation on four options for how Wood Green could change to help ease London’s housing crisis and restore the town centre to its former glory were agreed by the council’s Cabinet this week (Tuesday, 19 January).

An exhibition and online survey showcasing the different options will launch in February, giving residents and traders the opportunity to share their ideas for the future of the area following earlier consultation last year.

Under the most ambitious option for change, Wood Green would see significant redevelopment during the next 20 years to bring more than 6,000 new homes and create 4,000 new jobs.

Highlights include:

  • A major new public square around a new Wood Green Crossrail 2 station
  • Nearly 60,000 sq ft of new employment space, with more high-street shops
  • Redevelopment of The Mall shopping centre, Vue cinema, Arriva bus depot and other sites to create a better shopping and leisure destination
  • Transformed pedestrian and cycle routes to a restored Alexandra Palace and Hornsey
  • Boosting Wood Green’s cultural quarter and encouraging more tech and artisan start-up businesses to make the area their home

Independent research has shown that Wood Green’s economy is not performing as well as its counterparts across the capital.

But Crossrail 2 – a planned high-capacity rail line to link north east and south east London, slashing journey times – will bring new opportunities to Wood Green within the next 10-15 years.

Two-thirds of people who took part in the Wood Green’s Future consultation in November and December said The Mall shopping centre wasn’t a good image for Wood Green, while 95 per cent said the High Road needed to be updated.

Other priorities set out by residents such as affordable housing, improved public and green spaces and better safety in the town centre will be at the heart of any regeneration plans.

Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

“Local people have made it clear what they want to see in any regeneration of Wood Green, and we’ve been working hard to develop a range of options that could make their ambitions a reality.

“Some of these options would mean important changes for our town centre, so we really want to hear what residents and traders think of our plans and listen to their ideas.”

Cllr Ali Demirci, Cabinet Member for Planning, said:

“These options could put in place dedicated planning rules that bring the new homes, community infrastructure and commercial space Wood Green needs to succeed in the future.

“Local people’s views are central to our plans, so I’d urge people to visit our exhibition and have their say on the future of their community.”

A full schedule of consultation events and ways to have your say will be available soon. Visit the Wood Green regeneration pages for more information.

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Here is a British Pathe video from the mid-70s covering a previous redevelopment of Wood Green. One of the main points of the piece is the very poor quality of the local authority negotiation with private enterprise, in this case Unilever and John Lewis.

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