Planning permission granted for Caxton Road in Wood Green

By PRP – 14 July 2020

Haringey Council has approved plans designed by PRP for a mixed-use development along Caxton Road and Mayes Road in Wood Green, London which includes housing, commercial space, maker studios and shared resident amenities.

The scheme has been identified as a key redevelopment site for the area, having been disused for 14 years and supports Haringey Council’s long-term ambition of connecting Wood Green town centre to the western heartlands by securing a potential route to the east of the site. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the scheme was approved through a virtual planning committee meeting on 9th July.

The proposed development for Aitch Group provides 75 high-quality homes, of which 39 per cent will be affordable homes either for London affordable rent and shared ownership. The scheme has been designed to be truly tenure blind, with tenure shared entrances, bins and cycle stores and communal amenity spaces. This approach ensures social integration and creates a strong sense of community and place.

Recognising that the scheme sits within a primary shopping area and the evolving needs of businesses, especially in these unprecedented times, commercial spaces have been created with flexibility in mind. These can be easily subdivided or combined, should demand require it, and have been strategically located to maximise visibility, access and footfall. Engaging with the yard street are a number of double height maker spaces.

The form of the build has been imagined as a composition of blocks orientated around a central courtyard, all joined together with shared deck access. This approach has allowed for all homes to be dual or even triple aspect. The courtyard expresses itself as a place in its own right, joining the blocks together and spilling out between the gaps. For the viewer from the public realm this creates a glimpse of what lies beyond.

Craig Sheach, Partner at PRP comments: “We have worked extensively with Aitch Group, Haringey Council, and the local community to produce a design that is truly inclusive and equitable for all. We are particularly pleased with providing a high-density development with all homes with dual or triple aspect. Whilst the architectural language of the building is bold, its roots are located within the context of Wood Green.

Luke Cadman, Associate Planning Director at Aitch Group said: “We’re delighted that the planning application process has reached a successful conclusion as Caxton Road will be a key driver of growth and opportunity for the wider Wood Green area. The collaboration and teamwork between Aitch Group, PRP and Haringey Council over the past year to enable this decision has been fantastic and we look forward to hitting the next milestone.”


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