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Council to build on Tottenham Hotspur stadium victory with 'ambitious' housing plans

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

Council to build on Tottenham Hotspur stadium victory with 'ambitious' housing plans Council to build on Tottenham Hotspur stadium victory with 'ambitious' housing plans

Plans for the regeneration of Tottenham continue apace after Haringey Council unveiled a multi-million pound 'housing zone' package that could see thousands of new homes built.

Less than a week after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave the green light to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the council's cabinet approved "ambitious" plans to unlock underused sites in the district.

The package includes:

  • A bid to the Greater London Authority for Tottenham Hale to become a housing zone, releasing up to £80 million in funding to build up to 3,300 homes, a ‘Green Link’ opening up the High Road to the Lee Valley, and improve public spaces.
  • A new customer service centre at Tottenham Green, with the ageing Apex House becoming part of the Wards Corner regeneration scheme – creating 290 new homes and provision for existing market traders.
  • Further consultation with residents and traders in the High Road West area of north Tottenham, opposite the site of the new Spurs stadium, building on existing feedback on how to bring better homes, improved access to jobs and more open space.

The plans, however, have been attacked by a local residents group who claim they give developers "free rein to profit". Community spokesman Martin Ball said: "The housing bid is great news for developers set to get free rein to profit from the area. Not such a great deal for the community, who will be dis-enfranchised by lack of democratic accountability over the planning proposals. Land is being parcelled up and gifted to the Mayor to pass on to developers."

Haringey Council says the measures build on existing plans to provide "modern, high-quality homes across the borough, improve existing properties through the Decent Homes programme and develop regeneration schemes in Haringey Heartlands and Hornsey".

It says a successful housing zone bid would mean more affordable homes and a wider mix of tenures at Tottenham Hale – from 'affordable rent', shared ownership and rent-to-buy schemes to homes for private sale.

The council is committed to bringing up to 5,000 new homes to the area by 2025, and the award-winning £350m Hale Village scheme has already seen nearly 2,000 new homes and student apartments alongside a £110m upgrade to Tube, rail, bus and road links at Tottenham Hale Station.

Councillor Alan Strickland, cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “These plans demonstrate our commitment to taking proactive and innovative action to build more homes in our borough and help more Haringey families get a foot on the housing ladder.

“We too often hear of those struggling to find an affordable home or save for a deposit, and we’re determined to drive forward new housing with a range of rent, shared ownership or private ownership options that give more choice to our residents.

“Regeneration isn’t just about new bricks and mortar, and building diverse and mixed communities is at the heart of our plans, giving more families a chance to build a life in Tottenham and see their children grow up safely and securely.”

The council has also approved the disposal of the council’s Apex House building on a long lease to Wards Corner developer Grainger, enabling both sites to be redeveloped together, subject to planning permission.

The scheme would deliver more than 290 new homes, and allow a possible dedicated space for the existing local market to move into, subject to discussions with traders.

A new customer service centre would be built at Tottenham Green, with plans due to be brought before the council’s cabinet in due course.

As part of the plans, Haringey Council has also agreed to further consult with residents over the High Road West Regeneration Scheme, opposite to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The council says it will consult residents in the High Road West area later this year on a masterplan for proposed redevelopment. It has also set out the Love Lane Residents Charter, and promises to "work with residents to develop plans".

The new Spurs stadium has been welcomed by the council, Tottenham MP David Lammy and fans of the club but has proved controversial with some local residents and businesses who feel their own interests have been ignored.

Picture: Hale Wharf - disused land and buildings along the New River behind Tottenham Hale Station could be transformed into 450 new waterside homes backing onto the stunning Lee Valley Regional Park (Credit: ‘Isis’ and ‘Allies and Morrison’)

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