Community responds to flawed plans to regenerate our area

A model of Wood Green proposed developments

A model of Wood Green proposed developments

As PMRA raises grave concerns with a first stage letter on Haringey's Area Action Plan, residents from across our area, including Hornsey Park, Sky City, Caxton & Mayes Road and Tower Terrace met Beth Kay, Head of Regeneration and Emma Williamson, Assistant Director - Planning Services to object to ill thought out proposals for wholesale demolition and redevelopment and an accompanying lack of environmental aspiration and means to convert unfeasible levels of building density and height into acceptable development.


Record of Meeting
Response Letter

There will be a General Meeting at 8pm on 26th April, 2017 to review the objections from across the area and, in particular our sub area west of the High Road to the railway and south of Station Road to Turnpike Lane. Meanwhile, the planning applications and pre planning discussions keep mounting up:

  • Heartlands - planning permission granted/ reserved matters consent given: site being cleared ready for a start in 2018
  • Heartlands Building C7: application for reserved matters consent made
  • Chocolate Factory/ Workplace: applicant’s consultation undertaken – application expected imminently
  • Iceland Site: applicant’s consultation undertaken – application expected imminently
  • Bitten Place: pre planning work by Haringey council in progress likely to be agreed once HDV in place
  • Premier Inn – 148 bed hotel on BHS site announced at MIPIM
  • A £6m 78 bed Travelodge hotel in The Mall is already under construction
Model showing filter beds area

Model showing filter beds area

This image shows the size of development that will completely obliterate the filter beds, the Grade 2 Listed tanks, the openness around the Penstock Path and all of the nature there.


3 comments on “Community responds to flawed plans to regenerate our area”

  1. The filter beds - and their midges - used to sustain big population of House Martins that nested on houses facing Ally Pally, plus bats inc Daubenton's bats that roosted in the New River tunnel. That all went when the beds were decommissioned. But any change to the site should require at least 50% of it to be restored as wetland feature to help wildlife.
    The proposed development will drastically affect the MOL and open nature of the site, there should be some payback for nature and local people.
    Friends of the Earth has submitted this in our response. But we support those objecting to any development on MOL too.

  2. Very concerned about the whole - unthought out conception of the WGAP. No understanding of the patchwork environment or the sensitivities of folk, place and houses and work, and nature, which need to keep going in some acceptable balance.
    I still can't tell, though, if they are actually impinging directly into the filter beds/reservoir and taking up any metropolitan open land from what I have seen, or not.
    Is the montage picture an obliteration of filter beds, or is it just crudely super-imposed.
    Whichever - I completely agree that they need to re-think and show a living and lovable space with any new buildings contemplated, not this crude over-scaled development.
    I wrote a poem on view of reservoir some time ago - not yet published [see blog]

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