Locally important buildings gained some protection under the Localism Act a few years ago, and the Forum has nominated the Earl Haig for inclusion on Haringey’s list of Assets of Community Value. ACV status gives a community the right to bid for an asset should it come on the market. We’ll let you know how the submission fares.
The Earl Haig has served local social and community interests for exactly ninety years from January 1929 until January 2019, it would be a blow to lose it. We believe it is entirely realistic to consider that the Hall can continue, whether as a pub, which was viable, or as a community-run operation.
Alas, the Antic run pub operation closed for business in January when the building fell under new ownership. The building’s future is currently uncertain, and the marketing of the Earl Haig by the owner appears to be set at a rent well above the local market rate. Taken together with the inflated price paid for the site, it seems reasonable to fear a plan to leave it empty for a year, and then submit another attempt to gain consent for demolition and redevelopment. This would be a breach of Planning Policy, and we’re seeking ACV designation to assist in the safeguarding of an important local community asset.
We’re also seeking to add the building to Haringey’s Local List of heritage assets. Read more.
Photo Credits: Mark Afford