A 1930s town hall in London has taken a step towards being turned into a boutique hotel.
Cabinet members at Haringey Council this week agreed to make Hong Kong-based Far East Consortium International the preferred bidder for Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End.
The Grade II* Listed Art Deco building which dates back to 1935 was in use as a town hall until the 1960s and in recent years has become a vibrant arts venue. The council announced its intention to sell the property late last year.
The preferred bidder intends to retain an arts venue at the building and open a new cafe.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning said,
“Finding a long term solution for our iconic and much loved Hornsey Town Hall has not been easy. But I am glad that after years of detailed work we are close to securing the future of this historic building and guaranteeing residents access to the Town Hall and square for generations to come.
“This proposal will secure the future of Hornsey Town Hall with an arts centre and public access so future generations will continue to enjoy one of Haringey’s most historic and loved buildings.”
The plans to sell the much-loved local building to a hotel developer has considerable opposition with the number of signatures on a petition against the scheme more than doubling since the council’s decision.
Far East Consortium International intends to open a “Community Hub” to answer questions from local people about the plans which are still subject to planning approval.
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