According to architects' journal BD Online, Haringey Council is currently looking for a developer to jointly build 5,000 homes and redevelop more than 20 sites across the borough.
Among the sites up for grabs are the council’s main nine-storey office in Wood Green, where more than 300 people work, as well as Wood Green’s civic centre (pictured above) and library – which "will be moved elsewhere in the borough".
Other land included in the package is the Northumberland Park regeneration area in Tottenham, while it is also looking at bundling up other sites into the work including land behind Muswell Hill library and parts of Broadwater Farm in Tottenham.
It will be interesting to see how much affordable housing is included and what will happen to the facilities due to be "moved elsewhere".
Thanks to Robert Pike for the heads-up on this story.
Whatever anyone might think about the merits of the Council's main offices in Wood Green, the deeper flaw of this, the main flaw of this plan is the fact that Haringey are looking for just one developer to do 5000 homes over 20 sites. This may sound like economies of scale. But in reality it is freezing out local communities from meaningful participation in any redevelopment planning and it is freezing out local companies from participating in local economic activity.
The Council urgently needs to reconsider its whole approach and focus on the needs of local people and local businesses rather than on helping big companies make a fast profit. If they don't, they will regret this in the long term. And local residents will have to live with this for a very long time.
No, pressure is on them to make sure there are no more riots. That's all.
How, John, do you see this policy avoiding future riots? Seems to me that If anything, the cross-London land grab policy and clearance of social housing is more likely to prepare the ground for future riots.
Growing inequality; Increasing class and ethnic segregation; running down public services and so forth all look likely ingredients.
And you haven't mentioned the commercial risks of building or buying in flood risk areas!
Apologies but the search facility returns very many references to "Haringey Civic Centre List" so I don't know if this fact has been raised on HoL