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High Road West development vote postponed until after election

Shock objection to major scheme submitted by Tottenham Hotspur FC

Hero for High Road West development vote postponed until after election
An impression of how the High Road West development may look when built

A decision on a major regeneration scheme set to transform Tottenham has been postponed following last-minute opposition from Spurs.A decision on a major regeneration scheme set to transform Tottenham has been postponed following last-minute opposition from Spurs.

Councillors in Haringey were due to vote on whether to approve the High Road West development on Thursday, but a decision is not now expected until June.Councillors in Haringey were due to vote on whether to approve the High Road West development on Thursday, but a decision is not now expected until June.

The scheme, planned for sites opposite Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, would see a number of existing buildings, including 297 flats on the Love Lane Estate, knocked down to make way for up to 2,929 new homes in blocks of between two and 29 storeys.The scheme, planned for sites opposite Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, would see a number of existing buildings, including 297 flats on the Love Lane Estate, knocked down to make way for up to 2,929 new homes in blocks of between two and 29 storeys.

Under the plans, up to 564 homes would be for council rent, enabling eligible Love Lane residents to be rehoused. Residents on the estate narrowly gave their backing to Haringey Council’s redevelopment proposals during a ballot held last year, but housing campaigners subsequently called for a re-run of the vote and an independent inquiry into allegations that council officers had put pressure on residents and collected votes.Under the plans, up to 564 homes would be for council rent, enabling eligible Love Lane residents to be rehoused. Residents on the estate narrowly gave their backing to Haringey Council’s redevelopment proposals during a ballot held last year, but housing campaigners subsequently called for a re-run of the vote and an independent inquiry into allegations that council officers had put pressure on residents and collected votes.

In January, senior councillors ruled out an inquiry and gave their backing to a report stating that the council had “not received evidence relating to misconduct by officers” that would warrant an independent review of the ballot.In January, senior councillors ruled out an inquiry and gave their backing to a report stating that the council had “not received evidence relating to misconduct by officers” that would warrant an independent review of the ballot.

In a report to the planning subcommittee, council officers recommended approving the High Road West scheme. But during the committee meeting on Thursday, chair Sarah Williams revealed the council had received “several late objections, including as late as yesterday evening”.In a report to the planning subcommittee, council officers recommended approving the High Road West scheme. But during the committee meeting on Thursday, chair Sarah Williams revealed the council had received “several late objections, including as late as yesterday evening”.

The objections include letters from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club raising concerns over the impact of the scheme on the area’s heritage, an underprovision of employment space, the safety of crowds moving through the development on their way to and from the club’s stadium, and several other issues.The objections include letters from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club raising concerns over the impact of the scheme on the area’s heritage, an underprovision of employment space, the safety of crowds moving through the development on their way to and from the club’s stadium, and several other issues.

Rob Krzyszowski, the council’s assistant director of planning, building standards and sustainability, said that after taking legal advice the authority needed to address the points raised by the objections and ensure the committee had time to “give proper consideration to those points and officer advice”.Rob Krzyszowski, the council’s assistant director of planning, building standards and sustainability, said that after taking legal advice the authority needed to address the points raised by the objections and ensure the committee had time to “give proper consideration to those points and officer advice”.

He said officers had changed their recommendation to a deferral of the decision. Nine committee members voted to defer the item until a meeting in June, with two abstentions.He said officers had changed their recommendation to a deferral of the decision. Nine committee members voted to defer the item until a meeting in June, with two abstentions.

Speaking after the meeting, Paul Burnham, from campaign group Haringey Defend Council Housing, described the deferral as “fantastic”, as it comes shortly before the local council elections on 5th May.Speaking after the meeting, Paul Burnham, from campaign group Haringey Defend Council Housing, described the deferral as “fantastic”, as it comes shortly before the local council elections on 5th May.

Haringey Defend Council Housing has raised concerns over the design of the scheme, the Love Lane Estate ballot, gentrification, the timings of the delivery of council homes and other issues.Haringey Defend Council Housing has raised concerns over the design of the scheme, the Love Lane Estate ballot, gentrification, the timings of the delivery of council homes and other issues.

“This gives us time to take the arguments into the elections,” Paul said. “In June, there will be a new set of councillors. There are lots of councillors standing down, and we don’t know how many seats Labour and the Liberal Democrats are going to get.“This gives us time to take the arguments into the elections,” Paul said. “In June, there will be a new set of councillors. There are lots of councillors standing down, and we don’t know how many seats Labour and the Liberal Democrats are going to get.

“There’s going to be a new cabinet and a new planning committee, and there is time to debate all the issues in the elections and challenge the candidates about what they are going to do.”“There’s going to be a new cabinet and a new planning committee, and there is time to debate all the issues in the elections and challenge the candidates about what they are going to do.”

Lendlease, the developer behind the High Road West proposals, has been approached for comment.Lendlease, the developer behind the High Road West proposals, has been approached for comment.

Update (21/3): Update (21/3):

A spokesperson for Lendlease said: “We’re disappointed that consideration of the application was deferred but remain committed to working with the local community, and providing support for Haringey Council, on a scheme that will help re-energise this proud and historic area of London by delivering vital new and affordable housing, jobs and open space.”A spokesperson for Lendlease said: “We’re disappointed that consideration of the application was deferred but remain committed to working with the local community, and providing support for Haringey Council, on a scheme that will help re-energise this proud and historic area of London by delivering vital new and affordable housing, jobs and open space.”