Resident ballot for transformation of High Road West scheme
Residents on a Tottenham estate are set to get a vote on a major redevelopment project that will transform local lives with at least 500 brand-new council homes and deliver on their priorities for better open spaces, new job opportunities and world-class community facilities.
A decision on whether to press ahead with the resident ballot for the High Road West Scheme will be made by the council next Tuesday (11 May).
As part of the scheme, eligible Love Lane secure tenants and those in temporary accommodation are guaranteed a high-quality new council home on the estate, all at council rents with a secure tenancy.
Resident leaseholders will be offered financial support from the council to buy a new, affordable home – either in the High Road West Area or elsewhere.
The council recently secured an additional funding package from the Mayor of London worth £91 million, which will be used to treble the number of council-rent homes to 500 and boost the affordable housing level to 40 per cent.
Council Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor said:
“I have always made it clear that wherever there is regeneration within Haringey, the residents, the community that was there before is an integral part of that neighbourhood’s future.
“So, I am proud that here we’ve been able to deliver on our ambition for the whole community to remain together and provide a brand new, high quality council home to existing tenants, including those in temporary accommodation. By securing funding to treble the number of council homes, hundreds of Haringey families on the waiting list will also be offered a safe, stable council home.
“Our plans have been developed with extensive input from the local community and we stand ready to deliver the scheme they want. However, I’ve been clear all along that the residents of Love Lane Estate will have the final say on the scheme, and so now we are set to pass the baton to them to decide the future of their neighbourhood.”
Residents were asked for their views and suggestions on a draft lettings policy and leasehold offer in a major consultation exercise in February and March, with respondents coming out in favour of the proposals that inform the Landlord Offer.
The detailed High Road West masterplan, which sets out how the council want to transform the 11 hectares site, also received an overwhelming endorsement.
As well as sending copies of blueprint and letters outlining the proposals, officers spoke to nearly 70 per cent of residents living on the estate and hosted eight online Q&A sessions and a dedicated business workshop.
High Road West is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring wide reaching improvements to the local area delivering what the community have told the council for years are their priorities.
The 2,600-high quality, sustainable home scheme will also bring more than 3,500 jobs to the area, 1,500 training opportunities and £10million of investment into community and business initiatives and programmes.
The plans include a new park, public square, world class library and refurbished community hub, along with the creation of new work, retail, and business spaces in a revitalised town centre.
The ballot will see residents on the Love Lane Estate asked to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to whether they are in favour of the proposal to progress the High Road West Scheme.
The council’s commitments to residents, to be included in the Landlord Offer, were published alongside the recent council decision [link]. The final, printed version of the Landlord Offer will be sent to all residents eligible to vote two weeks before the ballot takes place, scheduled for June 2021.
The ballot will be undertaken by independent experts, Civica Election Services.
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