A former town hall is set to be redeveloped by a Hong Kong based company, although campaigners claim there are still “unanswered questions” about the plans.

On October 18, Haringey Council’s cabinet will decide whether to allow a group led by Far East Consortium International (FEC) to invest millions of pounds into Hornsey Town Hall and renovate the Grade II listed art deco building.

FEC, and its sub-companies Dorsett Hospitality and CoPlan Estates, will have their bid for the Crouch End recommended to the cabinet, meaning councillors will be suggested to give it the thumbs up.

FEC are a Hong Kong based company registered in the Cayman Islands, and the Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society (HTHAS) say they feel information about the plans and the chosen bidder are “disappointingly thin”.

However, Haringey Council say the company, chosen after a year-long and “rigorous” selection process, will have to meet strict requirements to ensure community access to the building and to guarantee public access to the town hall square at all times.

FEC’s proposals include community space, a boutique hotel in the east and west wings of the building, and restaurants on the ground floor.

The council said the consortium have been “in discussions” over including an arts centre on the site.

But HTHAS argue the council cannot be sure FEC will meet community requirements if their plans are still being talked over.

A statement from the group says: “HTHAS welcomes the news that we are nearing the restoration of this much loved but neglected building and that it will soon be taken off the Historic England At Risk register, but there are substantial unanswered questions about the process and the choice of bidder.

“The concerns of community and arts groups as well as local residents deserve a full and open response, rather than the continuation of a process without any transparency or consultation.

“Real local concerns exist about the future of the businesses and people that are based in HTH. We await detail about council efforts to assist with alternative workspace – but the economic impact on Crouch End and the loss of opportunities for young people starting businesses is worrying.”

If approved, works on site could start as early as autumn 2017.

Alan Strickland, Haringey’s cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning, said: "Hornsey Town Hall plays a very special role in the heart of Crouch End's community and we are committed to securing its future for generations to come.

“We have worked with the Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust to assess community aspects of the bids from developers to get the best deal for local residents.”