On January 13 2014, Haringey approved Hanover’s planning application for the St Luke’s Hospital site. Subject to approval by the Mayor’s office and the smooth passage of Section 106 agreements, we now have one less hurdle ahead. If all goes well Hanover’s project is likely go out to tender around March time – we will have a clearer idea of their timetable for starting on site before long.
Hanover made concessions on family-type affordable housing for the site to satisfy the planners, but 70% of the site will be for Hanover’s key constituency, over 55s, particularly down-sizers. The planning report confirmed that density of the proposed housing development is at the lower end of the Mayor’s specifications. St Luke’s will remain a green, leafy site and will open up its currently enclosed central garden for general enjoyment. Our garden retains its courtyard shape and there is still space for our allotment intentions.
We are delighted that Haringey has supported this application and that we can proceed with our cohousing community. Through getting to know each other now, we will be off to a flying start in this new neighbourhood. Here’s looking forward to the creation of a friendly supportive environment for the future as we get older – not just for ourselves but for others too – so come join us!
Our next steps as a group feature a fresh recruitment drive for buyers into our scheme. If all goes well, discussions with the architects to revisit our plans are on the cards. We next meet on Sunday January 19 – anyone interested, please see Contact us.