A group of seven oak and hornbeam trees in Coldfall Wood, an ancient woodland and nature reserve, are threatened with felling. Haringey Council have agreed to cut them down following a request from property insurers who maintain that the trees are causing subsidence to a nearby property.

Haringey have agreed to suspend the felling pending a meeting on 5th March, but campaigners are asking for all felling action to stop until an independent review can be carried out. In similar circumstances, trees in Queen’s Wood were saved when the insurer found another solution to the problem.

Click HERE to support the campaign and for more information.


The former care home at Cranwood House, located at the junction of Muswell Hill Road and Woodside Avenue, has been sitting empty for many years and more recently has been used as a men’s night shelter.

Haringey Council has submitted plans for a new housing development to be placed on the site after demolition. The proposal is for 41 new homes for market sale and council rent in a mixture of apartments, maisonettes and houses in buildings of three, four and six storeys high. You can read and download the full proposal by clicking HERE. The purpose of the meeting is:

  • to discuss the proposal before a planning application is made; and
  • give local people the opportunity to ask questions and give their views on the proposal as it stands at this stage.

To join the meeting, please send an email to dmforum@haringey.gov.uk requesting to attend.

Have your say on Heritage and Design

Haringey Council is inviting all MHFGA members to a virtual public consultation on Heritage and Design taking place on Tuesday 12th January at 1pm-2.30pm and 6pm-7.30pm.The Council is taking its first steps towards creating a New Local Plan to set out how planning policies for the borough grows and develops through to 2037. The New Local Plan aims to play a proactive role in securing good growth by

  • defining clear expectations for the design of developments;
  • reconciling the need for high levels of densification while addressing inequalities and
  • preserving and enhancing the borough’s local character and natural and historic environments.

The event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams – please use the following two links to register for the online events:

Tuesday 12 January at 1pm – 2.30pm

Tuesday 12 January at 6pm – 7.30pm

For those who are unable to attend the events, the Council’s presentation will be posted online afterwards at www.haringey.gov.uk/newlocalplan.

For those interested in reading further details, the Design and Heritage page of the online New Local Plan consultation can be found at https://haringeynewlocalplan.commonplace.is/proposals/design-heritage-culture.  Haringey’s current Local Plan policies relating to urban design are informed by an Urban Characterisation study – clicking on this will take to you a Haringey website which provides some useful background reading prior to the event on Tuesday. You can find out more about the consultation, including how to submit a response, at https://haringeynewlocalplan.commonplace.is/.

There are other online events taking place other than Heritage and Design – please click here for the full list of online consultation events taking place. 

Thank you to all those who entered our short story competition. The independent judges, writers and journalists Valerie and Trevor Grove, were impressed by the high standard of the entries. Congratulations to John Crompton who was awarded first prize for The Americano. The joint runners-up were John Reid with his story Alien-nation, and Martin Burstyn with Ruin.

Click on the title to read the winning entries:

The Americano, by John Crompton

Alien-nation, by John Read

Ruin, by Martin Burstyn


The former care home at Cranwood House, located at the junction of Muswell Hill Road and Woodside Avenue, has been sitting empty for many years, and more recently has been used as a men’s night shelter.

Haringey Council have now released plans for a proposed housing development to be placed on the site after demolition takes place. The proposal is for 41 new homes, of which 32 would be flats let at council rents.

The Council are inviting comments on the proposed scheme until 13th December 2020. You can view the full proposal by clicking HERE.

The consultation website itself is https://cranwoodhouse.commonplace.is/overview and this is where you can submit your comments. Simply click on ‘Have your say’ and scroll down to the map. Then click ‘Have your say’ again (which is in a yellow box).

There are also two online engagement events scheduled to take place via Microsoft Teams. These are on Monday 30th November at 6pm, and Tuesday 1st December at 1pm. Once you have clicked on ‘Have your say’ (the first time) you will see links that you may use to join these online events.