Planning

Our area is subject to many pressures, perhaps the greatest of which comes from major, strategic planning and development. In the recent past, we have faced applications for the redevelopment of the Heartlands and Coronation Sidings, and before that, applications for the Spine Road,  Heartlands High School Heartlands and a major expansion of the Shopping City, including a new Debenhams store. You can read representations made by the Association by visiting the council’s planning web page (see below) or by scrolling to the bottom of this page for a copy of our consultation response on some of the more significant applications in the recent past.

How can I:

* find out about a planning application

* comment on a planning application

* find out if something that concerns me has planning permission

If you receive notification of a planning application or are concerned about a development near you, or want to check on the progress of an application, leave comments  or view the planning history of a property, you should visit Haringey  Council’s on-line planning service at http://www.planningservices.haringey.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet or speak to a planning officer by phoning 020 8489 1000

Priorities

The Heartlands outline planning application has been our greatest priority for some time but the Association covers many issues of concern to its members, particularly those affecting quality of life and wellbeing. We welcome all comments on planning applications and offers of support. If you have a particular interest or concern, you can raise it via the web site or at a General Meeting.

After many years of poor communication and almost no meaningful consultation from the council planners, the Association is now generally consulted on significant applications. These, in turn are announced on the PMRA web-site and discussed at our general meetings and an appropriate response submitted.

The Association does not comment on householder applications but it does expect the council to apply planning rules appropriately and fairly. Most householder works fall within permitted development and don’t require planning permission.

Conversion of houses to flats

Some residents have raised concerns at meetings at the loss of family housing, when houses are converted to flats or hostels. An extension to a house, to create flats is not householder works and will always require planning permission. The conversion of a house to two or more flats or several bedsits will usually have an impact on its neighbours. The council keeps no tally of the number of houses being converted to flats or HMOs, legally or otherwise. The Harringay Ladder area has specific policies designed to limited the loss of family housing and some residents have asked for the same in our area. The value of family housing in our area will only increase, as the Heartlands proposal comprises flats with very limited amenity space and almost no family houses.

What’s special about Hornsey Park?

Hornsey Park is not a conservation area but the group of trees in the gap in the houses along Hornsey Park Road are protected, following a campaign by the Association to preserve them. A number of residents feel strongley that the historic Hornsey Gas Holder no.1 should be listed (it was locally listed until 2008 and more recently its preservation championed by the Victorian Society). Behind Hornsey Park Road, and explaining its irregualr northern alignment, runs the Moselle Brook – a pre urban feature of the area that ought to be restored. There are two chapels in our streets and still one or two premises that would have been stabling associated with the type of businesses that an area like Hornsey Park would have needed 125 years ago. Sadly some have been lost in the recent past. We have attractive streets with a wide variety of houses dating from the period 1870 to 1900 + a few more recent additions. There remains pressure from developers and landlords to sell off back gardens for infill development – one of the worst examples of such development in the recent past has been that at the former Hornsey Park surgery at no.2 The Avenue/11 Horsney Park Road.  The ancient manorial boundary between the village of Hornsey and manor of Tottenham is recorded by the boundary markers now only evident in the footpath known as Arnold Bennett Way, off Alexandra Road. Some would say the area is worthy of Conservation Area status – perhaps it will come in time.