As a local Haringey resident, I am reaching out for support from other local residents.
Plans have been proposed to turn the use of the Teacher Centre on Philip lane by the entrance of downhills park into a series of flats/ bedsits. Please see link below for proposed works. It's location at the bottom of downhills park is perfect for families and general public to access as a community centre for teaching and training, as well as family activities. More well built purpose built accommodation is important and will not be addressed by squeezing lots of people into limited spaces for the sake of profit.
If you believe the local community could benefit from accessible community spaces which bring value to the local community as well as training and family acitivites, pls access the link and submit comment below. Please feel free to share with others for support.
If you are interested in supporting the action to turn this into a community space (as with the Antwerp Arms community pub), or if you have any ideas how we could support this, please get in touch.
"I Strongly object to the proposed changes to plan. According to the official conservation report ‘the building’s significance is high and is derived from the following values as per Historic England’s ‘Conservation Principles, Policies and guidance’: Historical Value’, and ‘Communal Value: Important landmark and association with the educational needs of the community’.
It is encouraging that the proposed works offers to preserve and restore the original features of the building, however it is acknowledged that ‘From a conservation point of view, the change of use and the alterations are likely to cause some impact’
Thus I am rejecting the proposal on the following grounds:
1. Principle: that use of land/property should not change, and instead the council should use this space for community purposes as it was intended such as a training and teaching centre, as well as community space for families. Furthermore the infrastructure has not been put in place to support additional housing such as waste and parking facilities.
2. Overlooked: it would lead to previously private areas such as the Harris Academy school next door being overlooked.
3. Conservation: As stated by the conservation officer, this is a building of high significant importance as a landmark associated with the educational needs of the community. And that the change of use would likely cause impact.
I would be happy to see the building preserved for community use for the benefit of future generations ensuring that we put People ahead of Profits."