Premier Inn, Tottenham Hale (Harringay)
The start of the revival of Tottenham Hale
A large regeneration project centred on the demolition of a four storey 1980s office complex, the scheme focused upon the erection of a 10 storey Premier Inn hotel, within 100m of Tottenham Hale Underground Station and close to bus service routes. Planning permission secured the first nationally branded hotel in the Borough and stimulated knock-on regeneration benefits for the area.
Leading pre-application discussions with Council officers at all levels, our Planning Team were able to demonstrate that the operators’ intentions and delivery timeframe met strategic planning objectives. A full project team was constituted in November 2014. Given concerns as to the impact of the 2015 General Elections, a comprehensive Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) was drafted and signed to deliver a smooth planning process for all parties. The planning programme was heavily “front loaded”, with detailed design and other technical assessments welcomed by officers and local councillors on submission. Pre-submission presentation to the Council’s Design Review Panel enabled constructive discussions.
Following a successful public engagement strategy, representations were presented in a Statement of Community Involvement which demonstrated how the design had responded to issues raised. The benefits of detailed pre-submission discussion and the signing of a Planning Performance Agreement enabled the planning committee to grant permission within 6 weeks of validation. The £10m hotel is currently under construction.
The start of the long awaited revival of Tottenham Hale has commenced with this development. The scheme realises aspects of various masterplan ambitions such as scale massing and height. A further boost for the area was given when, in March 2014 the Chancellor and the Mayor of London announced that Tottenham Hale was one of nine areas to be given “Housing Zone” status. These zones will benefit from finance, alternative approaches to housing delivery and particular town planning controls to deliver 10,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs by 2025.
Images courtesy of KKA Architecture