Planning decision for St Luke’s Monday 13 January

All Cohousing Woodside hands will be on deck next Monday to witness the planning sub-committee decision for the St Luke’s application.  We will be in the gallery on Monday, supporting Hanover. Because the application now comes with a recommendation for approval from the planning officers there is an fair chance, this time, that permission will be granted.

Anyone wanting to learn more about the proposals might like to turn up for 7.00 Monday night at the Council Chamber, The Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8L.  The full report to committee can be found on the following link:

http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=728&MId=6363&Ver=4

July 2013’s refusal of the previous application was mostly on the grounds that the plans had not met Haringey Council’s declared preference for more ‘general needs’ social housing. This is subsidised accommodation for local families as opposed to housing for older people. From the report, it looks as if the two parties have agreed a position on this point, with 12 units for families and 36 for people over 55. The significance of this lies in its impact on demand for education locally, where existing schools have no capacity. The Council is requiring Hanover to pay nearly £700k as a contribution to the expected ‘child yield’ from just under one third of the scheme.

Generally, it appears to have been accepted that the attractiveness and amenities of the St Luke’s site will be preserved as far as possible. The application is for 161 units altogether, all built to ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards, offering adaptability for declining mobility.. The density of development for the entire site is at the lower end of the Mayor’s requirements – much more could be built, but Hanover wishes to keep and enhance the desirability of the site as a place to live.

There is a planning requirement that St Luke’s be designated a ‘car restricted development’, with 100 car-spaces in a basement car-park, surface-level blue-badge parking and no permissible on-street parking.  In recognition of this, there will be car-club spaces for three cars and investment in more bus-stops. Hanover is likely to offer free car-club membership for residents and £50 credit for the first year.

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