The Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust welcomed the decision to grant planning consent to Hornsey Town Hall.
The Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, the body that has been working in partnership with Haringey Council to restore the magnificent Grade II* listed building, today welcomed the decision to grant planning consent to Hornsey Town Hall.

Ann Wilks, Chair of Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, says,

“We are delighted that the Planning Committee has given the green light to proceed with plans for the restoration of HornseyTown Hall. It is a major milestone and one to which the Trust and the Community Partnership Board, in partnership with Haringey Council, has been working for over four years.

There is still much work to be done, not least the continuing development of the business model which will ensure the Town Hall has a sustainable long-term future and one that delivers our vision to both the local and wider north London community.

The Council has always made it clear that the costs of refurbishing the Town Hall must be met from the disposal of the land around it. The amount of capital that the site generates will thus critically affect the plans for the Town Hall. We are happy that the plans accepted by the Planning Committee last night balances all the many requirements on a development site of this importance.”

The capital receipts from the enabling development will be dedicated to the restoration of the Town Hall and to creating spaces within it that will be used for a range of cultural, community and enterprise activities. It is expected that this will still leave a shortfall on the capital funding of over £3 million. The Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust has undertaken to fundraise to close this gap.

The intention is that the Trust, an independent charity, will run and manage the Town Hall once the doors are open again to the public.

The plans include:

The refurbishment of the Town Hall building to include cafes and bars, theatre and performance halls, art gallery and exhibition space, and multi-purpose community use space
Improvements to the Town Hall square, with landscaping and provision to use the space for public events
Residential developments in the Town Hall’s East Wing and Link Block, The Broadway Annexe and the Mews – to include four four-bed houses, three four-bed flats, 20 three-bed flats, 61 two-bed flats, and 35 one-bed flats
Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust:
The Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust is an advocate for the community’s interests and acts as an advisory body to the Council Cabinet. It is made up of two local councillors and nine local residents and will take on the stewardship and management responsibilities for the new facilities at HornseyTown Hall.
John McAslan + Partners:
Award-winning architects, John McAslan + Partners, were appointed to the project in September 2008 following a competitive tender. Their sensitive and creative restoration of The Roundhouse in Camden and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea heralded successful renewal and regeneration for those two iconic buildings
For more information, please contact
Liz Sich from HTHCT on 07956 612380

July 2010