Public outcry as Hornsey town hall gets the go ahead for boutique hotel conversion

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The town hall in Hornsey, London, is set to be transformed into a boutique hotel, despite a petition to stop the work that has been signed by over 1,000 people.

Plans submitted from Far East Consortium International, a Hong Kong developer, were given the go ahead this week as Haringey voted in favour of the proposal to bring back to life the 1935 building.

However, locals were up in arms as the hall is currently being been used by the community as a creative arts space and is home to many small businesses.

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The old building has fallen into disrepair, and Haringey Council said that the hotel proposal will secure the future of Hornsey town hall, with houses, community facilities, plus an arts centre included in the new plan.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Chris Currer, who is a leader of the campaign to block the hotel plan and a member of the Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society, said: “If you take away all the creative activity resident in the building, it’s not really an Arts Centre is it? It’s a venue. Attached to a hotel.

“We all understand that council finances are difficult at present, but creative and start-up industry presents tremendous opportunity for future economic growth. What’s growthy about a hotel?

Alan Strickland, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning said: “Finding a long term solution for our iconic and much loved Hornsey Town Hall has not been easy.

“But I am glad that after years of detailed work we are close to securing the future of this historic building and guaranteeing residents access to the Town Hall and square for generations to come.”

If approved, works on site could start as early as autumn 2017.

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