Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has won permission to build 72 homes and a new cinema at the site of a former printworks in Tottenham.
The Premier League club, which is pursuing ambitious housebuilding plans in the area surrounding newly-built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, had its latest scheme approved by Haringey Council’s planning subcommittee on Monday.
It involves building blocks up to seven storeys high at the site in Tottenham High Road which once housed the head offices of the Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald newspaper, along with printers Cusha and Son.
The football club has already built more than 400 homes near its new stadium. Last year, Spurs unveiled proposals for more than 900 new homes at three sites – Goods Yard, The Depot and Printworks – representing a significant increase on previously-approved plans.
But it suffered a setback in November, when the council turned down plans for 867 homes, including towers up to 27, 29 and 32 storeys, at The Depot and Goods Yard, amid concerns over the height, density and design of the buildings.
The Printworks scheme is set to provide 23 homes designated as affordable housing, with seven for low-cost rent and 16 classed as intermediate rent. There will be 13 three-bedroom units and one four-bedroom home, with one and two-bedroom flats making up the rest of the residential development.
In addition to a four-screen cinema, the development is set to feature flexible commercial, business and service space.
Most of the listed buildings fronting the High Road will be retained, while other structures to the rear will be demolished to make way for the new development. However, the scheme, which sits within the North Tottenham Conservation Area, involves demolishing the locally-listed 829 High Road to create a wider Brunswick Square public highway.
Tottenham Conservation Area Committee raised “serious reservations” over the loss of a building it described as forming “part of Tottenham’s historic high street frontage”.
But according to the planning report, the council’s conservation officer said the development would “significantly enhance the setting of both listed and locally listed buildings”, which would outweigh the “low level of less than substantial harm” resulting from the demolition of 829 High Road.
The planning report states that the council received a single objection and one letter of support for the scheme, along with two other comments.
Haringey Council confirmed after the meeting that the application was approved by the committee.