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Approval for Panter Hudspith’s ‘fundamental rethink’ of Make gasworks scheme

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Haringey Council has approved mixed-use plans by Panter Hudspith for almost 3,000 homes on a former industrial site in the north London borough

The practice has drawn up the hybrid planning application for the one-time gas works in Hornsey. The development is backed by St William, a joint venture between National Grid and the Berkeley Group.

Known as Clarendon Gas Works, the latest proposals replace an outline planning application for 1,080 homes on the site by Make, which was approved more than six years ago (see Make bags planning for Hornsey gasholders overhaul).

According to the practice’s Twitter account, Panter Hudspith’s masterplan ’fundamentally rethinks the site from [the] earlier consent [and] increases employment floorspace ten-fold, more than doubles the number of affordable homes, almost trebles dual aspect percentage and maximises the quality of public realm’.

The outline plans would see the demolition of an existing trading estate and the creation of 2,873 homes, up to 7,500m² of offices plus up to 3,950m² of shops.

The detailed application covers the first phase of development, including 616 homes.

Both applications contain 32.5 per cent affordable housing, an increase from the 24 per cent offered under the previous Make scheme.

Within the affordable element, one-bedroom flats will be offered at up to 80 per cent of market rents, two-bedroomed flats at up to 65 per cent and three-bedroomed at social rents.

A planning officer’s report recommending approval for the Panter Hudspith proposals, said: ‘The development will provide a significant number of new homes that will help to meet the borough and London‟s wider housing needs in the future.’

The application is accompanied by a design code, which, according to the report, ‘enshrines the fundamental compositional principle of the development, made up of a “collage” of L-shaped blocks defining varied spaces’, and creates ‘a legible, permeable public realm, composition of blocks to avoid creating a “wall of buildings”, response to the spaces they front and distinctive, contrasting tops to higher buildings’.


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