Notes from first week of Wards Corner CPO

from your raving correspondent, following yesterday’s post

Day three of the CPO Inquiry at the Civic Centre. First David Lewis, commissioned by Grainger, ‘heritage expert’ who didn’t think the Wards store is anything more than an ordinary old shop so not worth saving. Then Stephen Walker, of CBRE who has being doing the negotiations on behalf of Grainger to buy up all the property and evict tenants. Then Robert Fourt on questions of viability of the two rival schemes for Wards Corner. It’s hard to find problems for Grainger with their £2.8billion of assets, but he had a go at our Community Plan. He missed so many points and got so much wrong that it was a pleasure to correct him, plus we have never revealed much about our sources of funding as it’s not necessary.

Speaking of which – one of our major backers confirmed today that he has cash waiting for us to re-open our conversations with TFL re beginning our restoration scheme. And he’s speaking to his finance people about making a big investment in our plan. A great boost when we are all rather exhausted by all this.

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Please support Wards Corner legal challenge

Dear friends, the time has come for you to be our active supporters in the struggle against the Compulsory Purchase Order for Wards Corner.

Haringey Council have issued a CPO to support the developer Grainger to force the sale of the parts of Wards Corner that they need, to enable them to demolish the whole block and build private flats. No social housing, not even ‘affordable’.  Meanwhile Grainger is going ahead on the opposite corner, with building a huge tower block, 23 storeys, with 165 private flats, replacing the council’s Customer Service facility Apex House.

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Grainger gets sticky hands on Apex House

Last night 9th May the Planning sub-committee of Haringey Council gave planning permission to the uber-rich developer Grainger to build a 23-storey tower at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Tottenham High Road.  This will be blight on all the people who will live in its enormous shadow, and the millions who use the tube every year who will never again experience that sparkling moment as you come out of the tube station after a long sticky journey to step into sunlight. Forget that.

Watch the whole shameful episode in glorious 2D.…/webcast…/223972

There are ten on the cttee plus chair.
Councillor Peray Ahmet (Chair)
Councillor Vincent Carroll (Vice-Chair)
Councillor Dhiren Basu
Councillor David Beacham (LD)
Councillor John Bevan
Councillor Clive Carter (LD, voted against)
Councillor Natan Doron
Councillor Toni Mallett
Councillor James Patterson
Councillor James Ryan
Councillor Elin Weston

Remember their names.

Our three ward councillors made a decent fist of it, some of them struggling to support us without losing their Cabinet positions. Isidoris branded it a monstrous oversized KingKong of a building, so now we’ll have competition for the Fagpacket Tower name.

And of course Cllr Strickland the people’s friend, waxed lyrical. He really loves Grainger.




Grainger meeting with Market traders re Apex House, 9th June.

In addition to the two drop-in sessions at CoNEL on 4th and 6th June, Grainger are sending invites to a presentation meeting with market traders on Tuesday 9th June.  This will be at the Pueblito Paisa cafe in the front of the market, from 6 to 7.30pm. The meeting promises to have a specific focus on the possible new market space within the Apex development.

“Representatives from the architects and developers will be on hand to talk you through the plans and answer any questions you may have.”

Though targeted at the market traders, for those of you who think CoNEL is too far away, or who can’t make the other meetings, this is also a chance to ask some of those questions about the design of the block from the outside. Focusing on use of the inside space may presume no-one is interested in what the bloody thing is like from outside. From miles away.


Grainger invite to drop-in exhibition re Apex House

The planners and architects may have got over their shock by now that the people who came to the Development Management Forum last week were appalled at the plans for Apex House (except one person).  The DMF is a statutory meeting, any major development has to have such a public meeting, inviting those who will be affected.  As the Apex plans will affect thousands, it’s a shame that only two dozen people had heard of it in time to get to that meeting.  Now there’s a more cuddly one, two chances, I bet they give you wine. Or biscuits. Go tell them, citizens of SoTo.

from their website:


Proposed redevelopment of Apex House, Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham

Grainger and architects John McAslan + Partners invite you to a second public exhibition to view the latest designs for the redevelopment of Apex House.

This consultation event provides an opportunity to see how the proposals have progressed since the first exhibition earlier this year. Have your say on our plans to deliver high-quality new homes and commercial space for Tottenham.

The exhibition will be held at The Café at Tottenham Centre, College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, High Road, N15 4RU on:

Thursday 4th June 2015, 4pm-8pm;
Saturday 6th June 2015, 12pm-4pm.

To view the Development Management Forum presentation, please click here.

Probably not set up as question-and-answer, they will show you their slightly-misleading drawings and invite you to comment. Please do so, if we say nothing they will think we like it. Unless they have added a new one, there is no drawing of how it will look from the High Road. Basically, think of a great flat slab wider than Apex House is now, going up to the sky.

Fag Packet Tower less than enthusiastically welcomed

The Development Management Forum on the proposals for Apex House happened at CONEL on Wednesday night. Some three dozen people attended, including LBH staff and Grainger people, a reflection of the lack of publicity for this statutory event about plans that will directly impact on the lives of thousands of local people. They showed the latest plans for the 22 storey tower – slideshow here. The Q+A that followed heard almost universal condemnation of the plan, on the grounds of massing and lack of ambition in the design, and the long shadow it will cast. Squeezing Customer Services into the library means a loss to both services.

Despite the brief to produce a landmark building for this important site, with high quality design, with one exception the design was not felt to be Landmark enough, and its vast bulk is about the only feature that would be noteworthy. The architect’s claim that the building presents a slender profile when viewed from north and south, was challenged by one person who pointed out that the slideshow fails to show the view from east and west. The High Road frontage will be a great square slab, and the overall shape of the building is that of a fag packet. Your SotoAdmin taped the meeting but sound files will have to follow as the upload takes time.  LBH person Emma Williamson said that a sound record of the meeting will be published, so if they get theirs up first we’ll link it here, with a summary of all points raised.

Apex House Development Management Forum Wednesday 27th May

A DMF is a statutory requirement for any major development.

The Council holds Development Management Forums to facilitate the discussion of large scale or contentious development proposals.  The forum does not reach a decision about an application.

They say, “Its purpose is to allow participants to raise issues of concern and obtain answers to questions about the particular proposal.  Wherever possible this will be prior to the submission of a formal application.  The aim is to allow early discussion by Councillors and members of the public on planning issues related to these proposals and to explore the scope for amendments and agreement between all parties in a positive and constructive way prior to the later decision being made at the Planning Sub Committee.”

This one for Apex House has been very inconspicuously advertised. A couple of emails to Residents’ Associations; we found three A4 notices near Apex House. That’s it. It’s almost as if they don’t want anyone to go. Wouldn’t these stop you in your tracks? –

Apex House, Seven Sisters Public notice May 22nd 2015

Apex House, Seven Sisters
Public notice
May 22nd 2015

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