A major transformation of Wood Green town centre has received strong support from the local community. In a consultation carried out between February and April of this year, the public were given four choices on the scale of change. The most popular of the four choices was ‘significant transformation’ involving:
· A new single Crossrail 2 station at Wood Green
· Redevelopment of the Mall shopping centre with an improved retail offer
· Improved connections between Wood Green town centre and Alexandra Park
Part of the transformation of Wood Green could involve moving Haringey Council’s offices to a new location in Coburg Road which will free up land to be used for new homes and businesses. A cabinet paper published this week contains a proposal to consolidate many of the 12 buildings it occupies in Wood Green onto a new location. Haringey’s 12 council offices will cost £141.6million to cover major building repairs, maintenance and lease costs over the next 25 years, according to the cabinet report. Reducing the number of offices is expected to save taxpayers tens of millions of pounds on those co
Haringey’s cabinet will discuss a proposal next Tuesday (October 18th) for a budget of up to £10 million to acquire the land to deliver the project.
Joe Goldberg, Haringey’s Cabinet Member of Economic Development said: “Our plan to transform Wood Green will bring new jobs and new homes to the area and back the incredible creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of people who live and work here.
While the regeneration plans are focused on long-term future of Wood Green, shorter term improvements are already planned including a proposal to turn a former car park in Station Road into creative hub. The plans would see the former Station Road Car Park and adjacent empty office turned into a cluster of timber work sheds, studios and offices to be used as workshops or retail units for local businesses. This space is situated near the newly opened Green Rooms artisan hotel.