Planning permission granted for restoration of iconic Hornsey Town Hall

Exciting plans to restore the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall and secure its future for generations to come have been approved by Haringey Council.

Leading development company, Far East Consortium (FEC) will undertake the multi-million pound restoration of the Town Hall, which will remove the landmark from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register and create a new destination in the heart of Crouch End.

Once restored, Hornsey Town Hall will feature a wide range of community spaces incorporating a new arts centre, café, flexible community and events spaces and a high quality hotel. The development will also include 146 homes, providing studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, 11 of which will be affordable.

FEC will also create a newly landscaped Town Hall Square and a new public space named Town Hall Gardens. The arts centre will be operated by Haringey-based Time + Space Co, who will create a modern day, future-proofed arts centre for Crouch End and its surrounding areas.

FEC will invest more than £30 million in the restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall and Grade II Listed Broadway Annexe – including more than £20million in essential repair and heritage works to preserve historic parts of the Town Hall including the council chamber.

Planning approval follows years of community engagement, including through the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and months of discussions between Haringey Council and Far East Consortium to deliver the best possible scheme for the site.

Welcoming the news, John Connolly, Head of UK Development at Far East Consortium, said: “The team has worked tirelessly over the course of the year and have sought to reflect the views and interests of local people whilst at the same time ensuring our proposals are realistic and deliverable, which will secure the future of this iconic building in the heart of Crouch End.  

“The planning consent is welcome news and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked with us including Haringey Council elected members, officers and local community groups. The appointment of Crouch Ender Piers Read (Time + Space Co) as arts operator will activate the Town Hall and secure its future for generations to come.”

Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, said: “We’ve said from the start that we want to see a sustainable scheme that restores and safeguards the architectural heritage of the Town Hall, offers local people access to this much-loved landmark and delivers long-term arts and culture for Crouch Enders and Londoners to enjoy. I’m delighted that we have approved a scheme that will do all that, while also bringing new social rented homes to the heart of Crouch End.

“Securing the right future for Hornsey Town Hall has been a long process, and I’m grateful to local residents, to the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust and to FEC for their ongoing commitment to the building. I look forward to seeing the plans take shape.”

The development will launch in 2018 and is expected to complete in 2020.