Give Love Lane residents the homes they need!

 Posted by on 19th October 2018
Oct 192018
 

Residents at the 297-home Love Lane estate are challenging the huge Haringey Council redevelopment of their estate. The GLA has told the Council that if it wants to access GLA funding it must ballot the residents of the estate. The ballot will happen in March 2019

 
Standing in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium, the High Road West development is reportedly worth £1 billion. And just like the larger Haringey Development Vehicle, which has now been scrapped, it has been awarded to the global developer Lendlease. This is a blatant gentrification scheme. The Equality Impact Assessment makes no mention of local people being able to afford to buy or rent the new homes. But yet it claims black people would benefit from a healthier environment, helping with problems of obesity!
 
The scheme has big and intractable problems. Campaigners are demanding full details of the failed Police investigation into an unsolved fire at a Sheet Metal Works which stood in the way of the
new Stadium being built and business owners at the Peacock trading estate are getting organised and staying put. The Love Lane tenants were promised an end to highrise and High Road West was initially masterplanned with resident involvement to build 1,200 new homes. But at procurement stage Lendlease revised the plan to more than 2,500 homes.
 
The leaseholder offer at Love Lane has been long-delayed. 70% of the secure tenants, who were promised that the redevelopment was for their benefit, have been permanently and cynically
moved away. Temporary accommodation tenants (or ‘temps’) have been moved in. After demolition, they would be moved on again, possibly outside of London.
 
Now the Love Lane Residents Association is calling for 1/3 of the promised new homes to be council housing, for one-for-one new homes for resident leaseholders, and for the temps on the estate to have access to the new council housing.
 
Follow the Temporary tenants' action group on Twitter @TAGLoveLane