Love Lane residents back redevelopment of their estate
Residents on the Love Lane Estate in Tottenham have backed council plans for its redevelopment, following the first-ever ballot of its kind in the borough.
With a turnout of 69.4 per cent of eligible voters, 55.7 per cent supported the proposals to rebuild the neighbourhood with at least 500 brand new council homes.
Other improvements, including major investment in new open spaces, community facilities and local jobs and training opportunities, will also now go-ahead.
The ballot ran from 13 August to 6 September, with residents given the opportunity to cast their vote by post, online or telephone.
All current tenants and those in temporary accommodation are guaranteed a high-quality council home at council rents with a secure tenancy on the rebuilt estate, while leaseholders will be offered financial support from the council to buy an affordable home – either on the redeveloped estate or elsewhere.
When the scheme is completed it will also help solve the issue of overcrowding on Love Lane and means a safe, stable and comfortable council home will be available to 250 families on the waiting list.
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council, said:
“We are adopting a collaborative approach to redevelopment, so it is only right that local people had the final say on the future of their neighbourhood. I’d like to thank everyone who voted and took time over many years to tell us what they wanted from the scheme. We have worked hard to ensure their needs have been prioritised.
“The vote in favour of the plans means that we can now progress, including building 500 new Council homes. As we take the next steps in the process, we will continue to listen to the views of residents and work together to shape the scheme’s design, the layout of the new homes and the community improvements.
“It’s important that the scheme will keep the community together, protecting the relationships and networks they have formed, and will be part of our programme to build 3,000 desperately needed council homes over the next decade.”
Earlier this year, the Mayor of London awarded £90m funding for the scheme, to enable the delivery of 500 council homes and increase the affordable housing level to 40 per cent overall.
The scheme aims to deliver 2,600 homes to the area, more than 3,500 jobs, 1,500 training opportunities, £10million of investment into community and business initiatives and programmes and the creation of work, retail, and business spaces in a revitalised town centre.
To read more about the Love Lane Estate proposals, click here.
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