An Edwardian street threatened by plans to demolish a terraced house has won a reprieve after the council recommended the application be rejected.

Haringey Council’s Planning sub-committee last night (June 11) recommended that the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales reject an application to demolish a historic home on Woodland Gardens and replace it with a modernist development.

More than 80 people objected to the plans for the Muswell Hill street, fearing the proposed development would be out of character with its surroundings.

A lack of planning meetings in the run-up to local elections on May 3 meant the council could not deal with the application in the available timeframe, and the applicants appealed to the Planning Inspectorate for non-determination.

Last night’s decision was welcomed by Liberal Democrat councillor Julia Ogiehor, who had campaigned against the plans and spoke before the committee to lobby for an objection.

She said: “This is excellent news and a credit to the residents who have been campaigning to keep their neighbourhood special. However, it is not the end of the matter. We still need the planning inspectorate to make the right call. They can, and they should.

“The National Planning Policy Framework and the Local Plan are very clear about the importance of preserving the character of areas, wherever possible. It is clearly possible in this case, so that’s what the inspectorate needs to prioritise.”