Saturday, 30 May 2015

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.’

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