Housing action for Haringey families

An innovative package to accelerate the borough’s house-building and help more families get a foot on the housing ladder has been unveiled by Haringey Council.

The wide-ranging plans approved by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday night sets out how underused sites could be unlocked to create thousands of new homes – giving residents more choice of high-quality housing with a range of rent and ownership structures.

Highlights include:

  • A bid to the Greater London Authority for Tottenham Hale to become a housing zone, releasing up to £80million in funding to build up to 3,300 homes, a ‘Green Link’ opening up the High Road to the Lee Valley, and improve public spaces
  • A new customer service centre at Tottenham Green, with the ageing Apex House becoming part of the Wards Corner regeneration scheme – creating 290 new homes and provision for existing market traders
  • Further consultation with residents and traders in the High Road West area of north Tottenham, building on existing feedback on how to bring better homes, improved access to jobs and more open space

The measures approved last night build on the council’s existing commitment to build modern, high-quality homes across the borough, improve existing properties through the Decent Homes programme and develop regeneration schemes in Haringey Heartlands and Hornsey.

A successful housing zone bid would mean more affordable homes and a wider mix of tenures at Tottenham Hale – from affordable rent, shared ownership and rent-to-buy schemes to homes for private sale.

An ambitious Green Link would create a direct tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route from Tottenham Green to the Lee Valley Regional Park, including bridges over rail tracks and the River Lee Navigation.

The council is committed to bringing up to 5,000 new homes in the area by 2025, and the award-winning £350million Hale Village scheme has already seen nearly 2,000 new high-quality homes and student apartments alongside a £110million revolution in Tube, rail, bus and road links at Tottenham Hale Station.

At Seven Sisters, an expanded Wards Corner scheme – subject to planning permission – would see an even better gateway to south Tottenham, building more homes alongside existing plans to deliver a modern shopping centre, creating hundreds of new jobs.

Councillor Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said:

“These plans demonstrate our commitment to taking proactive and innovative action to build more homes in our borough and help more Haringey families get a foot on the housing ladder.

“We too often hear of those struggling to find an affordable home or save for a deposit, and we’re determined to drive forward new housing with a range of rent, shared ownership or private ownership options that give more choice to our residents.

“Regeneration isn’t just about new bricks and mortar, and building diverse and mixed communities is at the heart of our plans, giving more families a chance to build a life in Tottenham and see their children grow up safely and securely.”

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