Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Spurs given green light to drop affordable homes

A council has agreed £400 million regeneration plans which allow a Premier League football club to build a new stadium but drop provision for affordable homes.

Haringey Council’s planning committee last night gave the green light to amended plans for the Northumberland Development Project submitted by Tottenham Hotspur.

Under section 106 agreements in the original proposals, the regeneration would have provided 200 new homes – 100 of which would be ‘affordable’.

This was subsequently ditched and the new outline planning application proposed 285 flats – all for sale on the open market.

A report to the council claimed that the whole NDP scheme might not be viable with affordable housing as ‘registered affordable housing provider will, in general, pay less per sqft than would be expected on the open market’.

Tottenham Hotspur will now only be responsible for £477,000 of section 106 funding, as opposed to the previous total of £16 million.

As well as a stadium and new housing, the regeneration will also see a refurbished heritage square, public space including a podium for community events and improved highways and public transport.

Alan Strickland, Haringey Council member for economic development, said: ‘We’ve been clear all along that Spurs’ plans and commitment to invest in north Tottenham have the potential to kick-start the wider regeneration of Tottenham.

‘Following last summer’s riots, the need to transform Tottenham for the benefit of everyone who lives, works and studies in the area is stronger than ever.

‘I’m delighted that the planning committee unanimously backed this exciting scheme which will be pivotal to our aims of building back better for Tottenham.

‘We will continue to work in partnership with Spurs, with local businesses and with the community to make sure that this fantastic scheme can be delivered.’

Readers' comments (17)

  • The original post has been removed from this article which is deeply concerning as people might make the assumption from my original post that I support Tottenham.

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  • C'mon Sense

    Localism at it's best!!!!

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  • Rosa Hooses

    Grammar at its worst!!!!

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  • F451

    Spoiling at its' darndest!!!!!

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  • Rosa Hooses

    Monsieur, you are really spoiling us...

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  • From the government housing strategy launched in November 2011

    "We will consult on proposals to allow developers to require local authorities to reconsider those S106 agreements agreed in more prosperous market conditions prior to April 2010"


    "Powerful financial incentives – through the New Homes Bonus – to allow communities to experience the benefits of additional housing"

    the latter matches the council tax raised on the new homes for six years after they are built so let's just hope that they are all Band H properties then?

    Mind you what will the noise insulation be like on these "luxury apartments?

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  • This part of north London is already 80-90% social housing; what the area needs is some private housing to give local people a choice of tenure. Haringey's approach is not very commercial: instead of allowing on-street parking and charging K&C prices on match days they ban all parking within a mile of the ground. The parking fees would pay for a whole lot of social hosuing if council had its head screwed on.

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