Two more days at the Wards Corner CPO

Following last week’s posts, we are now two days into Week Two of the Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order for Wards Corner.

Tuesday was largely taken up with Grainger’s witness on the viability of the market, in both the planned Grainger schemes and in the Community restoration plan.  There was much discussion of costs per square foot in rent in the various options, with forensic analysis and projections.  The rents will be temporarily slightly reduced by the S106 order in the Grainger plan, this follows Boris Johnson’s intervention in 2008 after he visited the market and the boarded-up upstairs space the day before the mayoral elections. Grainger’s plans at that stage Continue reading

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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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. http://www.haringey.public-i.tv/…/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.

 

 

 

Launch of Wards Corner Action Plan

The N15 Development Trust Wards Corner Community Plan Action Plan Launch

25th February 2016 – 7pm

At Zumbale, 263 High Rd, London N15 4RR (just north of Seven Sisters tube, past Costas)wc1.jpg

 Who is the N15 Development Trust?

The N15 Development Trust is an organisation formed of members of the local community to deliver the Community Plan for Wards Corner in Seven Sisters. This proposal was granted planning permission by the council in May 2014.

Why is this plan best for the local community?

It will restore the historic Wards Corner building and provide a genuinely distinctive landmark at the entrance to Tottenham.

  • It will realise the potential of this hidden treasure for the benefit of the local population.
  • It will promote social inclusion and sustainable restoration, instead of demolition.
  • It will represent inclusive regeneration and conservation of heritage and diversity.
  • The Community Plan will promote independent businesses rather than corporate interests.

What are the advantages of the community plan?

In 2008, Seven Sisters Market was hailed by the BBC as a “mini-United Nations.” Despite decades of neglect, the hard work and perseverance of the market traders has preserved this unique space for use by people of all nationalities. However, the site is in urgent need of redevelopment and enhancement. The Community Plan will deliver this in a cost-effective way, within a relatively short timescale and primarily for the benefit of the public.

How do i find out more and get involved?

The N15 Development Trust is always looking for more support from volunteers. Join us to celebrate the launch of our action plan to deliver the Community Plan for this iconic building.

 

 

 

 

Apex Towers plan published, open for comments till 6th November

The whole sordid detail of the plans for Apex House are now published.  See them here. There’s a lot of it.

Comments are beginning to arrive from local residents, overwhelmingly opposing it.

To comment, click the button that say Comment on Application.  You can write as much as you like, you may like to draft it in eg Word first as the working box is quite small.  They ask for your name + address etc but you don’t have to give this.  If you supply an address or email address you will be sent more info re the outcome.

It will probably go to the meeting on January 19th.

The  bit that makes my head explode most, of all those fat documents?  The Statement of Community Involvement.  We must have been at different meetings. Oh and that there is no local library where we can view the plans, as ours is currently being knocked apart to allow for the office part of Apex House to be bunged in there – before these plans have even gone to committee.

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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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Carve-up Conference

On Thursday 26th March there’s a private conference happening in the Town Hall, at £360 a head, for developers, politicians and planners to carve up Tottenham. People from Our Tottenham and friends will be there to meet them at 1pm.

NLA on Location: Regenerating Tottenham

“An afternoon briefing will invite local stakeholders, including council representatives, developers, investors and occupiers to present forward strategies, infrastructure projects, major developments and future investment opportunities. This will be followed by afternoon study tours and networking drinks at N17 Design Studio hosted by John McAslan and Partners.”

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following three area study tours in the afternoon 7Sis+Wards, or Tottnm Hale, or Spurs. Tours will leave Tottenham Town Hall at at 15:45. The streets will not charge you £360 to tag along – bring cameras.

It will finish at 18:00 at N17 Design Studio, 451-453 High Road, for drinks.