Hornsey Town Hall is set for a face-lift which could pave the way for a cultural renaissance in the heart of Crouch End.
Haringey Council's planning committee last night gave the green light to ambitious plans to restore the much-loved Grade II* listed building and bring it back into community use with public halls, theatre space, cafes and landscaping, designed by John McAslan and Partners.
Parts of the building and surrounding land will be developed into housing to help cover renovation costs - and ensure the Town Hall can enjoy a long-term future as a cultural hub for Haringey.
Cllr Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: "I'm pleased that these plans have been given approval and that, at long last, we're going to be able to bring Hornsey Town Hall back into use for the benefit of the community.
"Everyone involved in this project - from the council to the Trust - is committed to making it a success. We know how much the Town Hall means to local residents and we're really excited at the prospect of seeing it restored to its former glory."
Haringey Council has worked in partnership with the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust (HTHCT) for more than four years, exploring how best to revitalise the building for the benefit of the community.
Chair of the Trust, Ann Wilks, said: "We are delighted that the planning committee has given the green light to proceed with plans for the restoration of Hornsey Town Hall.
"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."
Notes for editors:
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.
HTHCT is a registered charity and a company. It is made up of two Haringey councillors and nine local residents.
Once the Town Hall has been restored, the Trust will take on stewardship and management responsibilities for the new facilities.
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