Venue seeks second order

Plans for a £55 million redevelopment of Alexandra Palace are back on track after the trustees agreed to seek a fresh Charity Commission order for the scheme.

Last week, the trustees unanimously agreed to seek a second order from the commission, which would allow them to enter into a lease and project agreement with Firoka Group.

A recent High Court ruling quashed the commission's previous order, enabling the London Borough of Haringey and the Palace Charitable Trust to enter into a 125-year lease with the developer (Planning, 12 October, p4).

Mr Justice Sullivan agreed that proper consultation had not taken place because details of the lease had not been released.

The trustees will press ahead with another consultation once the order is finalised, said board of trustees chairman Matt Cooke.

He added: "We now have a clear way forward. We are getting on with securing Alexandra Palace's future."

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