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Vision for new Tottenham unveiled but stadium plans remain in limbo

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

Vision for new Tottenham unveiled but stadium plans remain in limbo Vision for new Tottenham unveiled but stadium plans remain in limbo

Ambitious regeneration plans for Tottenham are continuing to move forward despite uncertainty surrounding the future of the new Spurs stadium.

Construction of the Premier League club's new 56,000-seater stadium was due to start last October but the Compulsory Purchase Order element was called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. With no decision yet made, the project is effectively on hold.

Undeterred, however, Haringey Council is pursuing its landmark 20-year vision for the future of the wider Tottenham area and has published its key priorities - following consultation with thousands of local residents. The Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) was agreed by the council’s cabinet last night.

By 2025, Haringey Council's plans - backed at all levels of government - aim to create more than 5,000 jobs and 10,000 new homes, as well as nearly one million sq ft of new employment space.

In October, the council commissioned independent community engagement experts Soundings to carry out a five-month Tottenham’s Future consultation, as part of its commitment to placing local residents’ priorities at the heart of regeneration plans.

There was a great response from residents and traders, with more than 3,700 people sharing their ambitions through feedback forms, pop-up events, exhibitions and a dedicated website.

Those priorities – such as better access to housing, employment opportunities, education and public transport – have directly influenced the SRF and the council has identified seven key changes needed for Tottenham to achieve its potential:

• World-class education and training – including new schools, better access to apprenticeships and more Tottenham young people attending university
• Improved access to jobs and business opportunities – attracting major investment and encouraging local business growth to boost employment
• A different kind of housing market – improving existing homes and building new, high-quality homes to meet demand at a range of prices and tenures
• A fully connected community with even better transport links – continuing to improve rail, Tube and bus links, including making the case for Crossrail 2, as well as opening up Tottenham to more walking and cycling routes
• A strong and healthy community – improved healthcare facilities, reduced crime and strong social networks for young people
• Great places – putting Tottenham’s character and heritage centre-stage while creating better public spaces to meet, shop and have fun
• The right investment and quality development – building partnerships and securing money to achieve these priorities with a focus on high quality design

Councillor Alan Strickland, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re committed to the long-term regeneration of Tottenham, but it is vital that this is about more than just new bricks and mortar.

“I want to thank the thousands of residents who have had their say on Tottenham’s future during the last five months – their ambitions are at the heart of all our regeneration plans.

“It’s clear that high-quality housing, more jobs and training, and better public transport are among their priorities – but residents have been frank about other things that we need to do better.

“Tottenham was the last great London suburb built in the 19th Century. Together, we can make sure it is one of the 21st Century London’s best places to live, work and visit.”

The SRF is also influenced by the Tottenham Physical Development Framework – developed by planning experts Arup – which makes a series of recommendations for regeneration and demonstrates how Tottenham could look in 20 years.

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