Haringey Council has sold the HTH to a developer who has submitted plans for an ApartHotel, flats and a business space for community use. This is hot desks. This is not maker space in the form of studios. It is looking very likely that Michele and Shelley will be served a months’ notice on their studios soon.
The deadline to object to the plans submitted is 27th September. This is our last chance to ensure that the plans are reconsidered to include preservation of studio space much needed by small businesses in the local community.
With the cost of studio space in London being at a premium, there have been countless stories in the press about creatives being pushed out of London boroughs. We are urging Haringey Council to demonstrate that they value the economic and community importance of keeping these creative businesses in the borough.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Submit your objections to the plans via the Haringey Council planning portal here.
You can include that the development will impact:
- 70 creative businesses and 125 people working in the building
- Transportation overload on the W7 and traffic congestion
- Parking in Crouch End
- GP practice waiting lists and school places
- There is a planning request for a seven story flat complex, rather than the five story originally outlined.
- NO affordable housing included
2. Write to Catherine West MP with your objections as above. firstname.lastname@example.org. Also write to the leader of Haringey Council – email@example.com and local Crouch End councillors Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Share this blog to your friends and family in the local area – Stroud Green, Finsbury Park, Muswell Hill and around
4. Attend the protest march on Saturday 23rd September at 3pm meeting at the Earl Haig Hall and ending at the HTH. Details on FB here
5. If you know of any space suitable for a jewellery and millinery studio in the meantime, please do get in touch by emailing Rachael Booth-Clibborn at email@example.com.
For further background information about opposition to the developer's plans on the Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation's blog here. There is further information about the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust here.
And for a final show of support, please do come to our Curve Exhibition at the Ply Gallery in this wonderful building from 5th-10th October. The private view is 6.30pm-9pm on Thursday 5th October. All welcome.