Wards Corner CPO – background notes
On 23 September 2016 Haringey Council delivered by hand to freeholders and leaseholders on the site a Statement of Reasons they intend to Compulsory Purchase the Wards Corner site, including the High Road, West Green Rd, Suffield Rd and Seven Sisters Road portions.
The statement is dated 14 September and the closing date for objections is 21 October (less than one month from delivery of the statement on 23/09/16).
Haringey Council is satisfied there is a compelling case in the public interest to compulsorily acquire the land to facilitate development which is likely to contribute to the “improvement of the economic, social and/or environmental well-being of the Borough of Haringey. The Council is satisfied that the compelling case in the public interest to make the Order justifies overriding private rights to the land and interference with human rights.” The Council and Transport for London are jointly responsible for allowing the site to deteriorate since the store was closed in 1971, despite there being 2150 m2 of empty space in the corner store and first and second floors.
Sadly, under the much-abused misnomer of ‘Seven Sisters Regeneration’ Haringey Council is pushing ahead with these ill-conceived plans to demolish the local heritage buildings located at Wards Corner, South Tottenham. Since council-backed, private developer Grainger has failed to acquire all the properties on the open market, Haringey Council has started the formal Compulsory Purchase Order process in order to attempt to assemble the site required to pursue this destructive development. This means that long-standing, independent, Tottenham business owners risk being expropriated in favour of a large corporate entity for a project that a sizeable part of the local community is against. The project has debatable regeneration benefits and architectural merit and would have devastating heritage effects in this important conservation area. Two more seven-storey towers and a row of brand-name shops would be added to the bland and overwhelming streetscape already doomed to include the unlovely 23-storey Apex Tower planned for the opposite corner of Seven Sisters Road.
The Council continues to claim that demolishing the neglected (by whom?) beautiful and interesting buildings of the ex-Wards Corner Department store, the Beauty Shop and Tottenham Wines on West Green road and building a bland and generic, seven storey, glass-fronted building will improve the area. If it does go ahead it will be another chip out of Tottenham’s disintegrating Historic Corridor. They will demolish the housing on Suffield Road, and the flats above the shops.
There is still hope that the other plan, the Community Plan may see the light. The Trust, formed to renovate our cherished market and neglected historic buildings, continues its work.
Objections to the CPO can be made to the National Planning Casework Unit,
5 St Philips Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2PW.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Title your objection “(Wards Corner Regeneration Project) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016.”
Give your name, address and interest in the land. As it is our town centre then we all have an interest in the land. Many of us are customers in the market and in the specialist shops. We also see how the LatinAmerican market is an important cultural centre, with visitors coming from across London and way beyond.
See www.tinyurl.com/wccCPOno for suggested reasons for objections.
Form attached: objection-letter2 you may like to circulate.