New affordable homes to be built on Tottenham estates

30 new homes will be constructed on Arundel and Baldewyne Courts in Landsdowne Road however residents are concerned about loss of parking reports Grace Howarth, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for Arundel and Baldewyne Courts
Plans for Arundel and Baldewyne Courts

Haringey Council is set to deliver 30 affordable homes at two Tottenham estates. 

Four, three-storey blocks providing 30 social rent homes are set to be built on the car parking and storage shed spaces of Arundel and Baldewyne Courts on Lansdowne Road in Tottenham. 

The estates, which face each other, were constructed in the 1970s and are three-storeys in height.

Plans show the old blocks will not be changed and according to the design statement the new buildings have been “positioned to respect the locations of the existing flat blocks”. 

Arundel Court will get two blocks, containing 18 flats, four one beds, and 14 two beds. Baldewyne Court will house the remaining twelve flats, with three one beds and nine two beds. All the flats will be social rent homes. 

Some constraints listed in the plans included overlooking between the new and old blocks, the reduction of sunlight, and the loss of parking space. 

Arundel Court will lose 15 car parking spaces, it currently has 33 including two wheelchair spaces which will be retained. Baldewyne Court has 30 spaces which will be reduced to 13, with the one wheelchair space retained. 

A disabled resident at Arundel Court, who said they were a blue badge holder, commented on the application saying they “strongly objected” to the proposals. 

Their main concern was the reduction of parking spaces, highlighting the 18 spaces proposed for Arundel wasn’t sufficient adding the estate needed more parking not less. 

They said: “There are problems parking in the Arundel Court as it is, there is hardly any space to park.

“As a disabled resident and blue badge holder living in the estate, it has been very difficult to park and people are abusing the disabled parking spaces.

“We need more parking spaces not less, there are more vehicles in the estate now than before.”

They also mentioned the loss of storage sheds as a concern, as well as the possibility of antisocial behaviour, the loss of sunlight, and general inconvenience to existing residents. 

Another resident commented their concerns on the loss of privacy, the lack of space, and how the new blocks could be “loud and antisocial”. 

As of 2021 the location has a Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTAL) rating of five, so the parking proposals were deemed acceptable by a quality review panel, “given the proximity of multiple bus routes”. 

More information on the scheme can be found via Haringey Council’s planning portal, using reference number HGY/2024/1450.

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