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Meet Up 26 October 2021

A mixed group of residents from Arena, Stonehouse, ExFed, Units C-E, Overbury Road, Tewkesbury Rd, Catwalk Place and Cardigan House attended this Meet Up.

A packed agenda, the session included presentations from residents Rae (Overbury Road) and Natali (Arena), alongside updates from the planning team Ruth, Jennifer and Will. James facilitated the Meet Up.

Resident Presentations

Rae has been selected to lead on the mural design for the alleyway that connects Tewkesbury Road to Seven Sisters Road, known locally as P**s Alley. Rae outlined that they work as a collective with other artists. They are already speaking to people in the area about the mural and will look to work with 2 or 3 other artists on the project. The commission is in the process of being confirmed and more details will be shared in due course.

Natali from Arena shared a presentation on a project that she and a group of other warehouse residents ran over the summer. The Arena Community Garden was a self-funded, voluntary project that occupied an open area of the site. The presentation can be viewed here.

Planning Team Updates

Ruth shared updates on progress with the Overbury Road bins following an earlier meeting with residents, she updated on plans around the mural commission and clarified key points relating to the Eade Road Frontage planning application.

Jennifer shared more details about the planning policy in the context of the warehouse district, explaining why a coordinated approach to developing the area was required.

Will broadly presented the rationale and approach to refurbishing warehouse units. In particular the first site is Unit M in Arena which has previously been condemned by the council. 

Discussions & Actions

A lot of residents had questions about the Unit M project. It has since been agreed that later in November, Will and James will be visiting residents in Arena to talk through the plans in more detail. The plans will also be published on this website for people to comment. 

In response to comments from residents the planning team have contacted the Haringey planning case officer and requested that the statutory consultation period in relation to the two planning applications (Entrances and Overbury Road commercial units) be extended for an additional 21 day period to enable a series of more focussed discussions in relation to the detail of each of the proposals to be discussed.