Haringey’s readying main has apologised to Lendlease for pushing backmost a determination connected its immense High Road West strategy aft receiving 11th-hour objections that included a missive signed by Tottenham Hotspur seat Daniel Levy.
Sarah Williams, seat of the northbound London council’s Planning Sub Committee, said atrocious to the squad down the task – which features astir 3,000 homes and a raft of different facilities – aft cutting abbreviated a gathering to determine its fate.
Just 5 minutes into the committee hearing, readying officers announced they were changing their proposal from support to deferral successful airy of correspondence they received the erstwhile evening from the Premier League shot nine and High Road West masterplanner Arup.
Williams gave her “apologies” to councillors, the applicant and each funny parties arsenic she called for a ballot connected deferring the decision, saying she was alert “a batch of hard enactment has gone into this”. The question was carried and the strategy volition beryllium heard again successful June.
Lendlease saw disconnected competition from large names including Barratt Developments, Stanhope and Taylor Wimpey to beryllium named successful 2017 arsenic Haringey Council’s improvement spouse for the £1bn High Road West scheme.
But, aboriginal that year, Tottenham Hotspur revealed its ain plans for portion of the site, which lies adjacent to the club’s rebuilt 62,000-seater stadium.
The strategy enactment guardant to planners by Lendlease this period features 2,869 homes, positive a further 60 affordable residential units connected a related plot. It besides includes much than 7,000 quadrate metres of office, retail and assemblage spaces, including a library, arsenic good arsenic a nationalist parkland and quadrate and caller pedestrian and cycling routes.
Levy’s missive – dated 16 March, the time earlier the readying committee gathering – said the shot nine was “extremely concerned” that the exertion “lets down our communities and residents” and “utterly fails to unrecorded up to adjacent the astir basal of aspirations” for alteration successful the area.
Twice referencing 2011 riots successful the area, Levy added that the Lendlease strategy had “no socio-economic oregon assemblage benefits to talk of” and was “simply a dense lodging estate”.
The shot main claimed successful his missive that elaborate assemblage travel assessments were lone shared with the nine connected 4 March.
“Even with specified constricted clip … our adept advisors person identified superior flaws which pb america to the decision that the measures projected would beryllium unsafe,” helium said.
Arup director, integrated metropolis planning, Sophie Camburn said successful an email to the assembly connected the aforesaid time arsenic Levy's missive that the Lendlease strategy “misses the accidental to present genuinely mixed-use improvement and present bully maturation for North Tottenham”.
“In my view, the exertion arsenic it stands volition not present the council’s aspirations for High Road West,” she added.
Rob Krzyszowski, adjunct manager of readying astatine Haringey, said the assembly had received ineligible proposal that the committee indispensable beryllium fixed clip to springiness “proper consideration” to each points raised by objectors.
He said: “It is an important rule that objections received by the assembly are fixed due information arsenic portion of the decision-making process to guarantee fairness – which is not imaginable with the precocious objections referred to.”
Lendlease said it was “disappointed” by the deferral.
A spokesperson said: “We stay committed to moving with the section assemblage and providing enactment for Haringey Council connected a strategy that volition assistance re-energise this arrogant and historical country of London by delivering captious caller and affordable housing, jobs and unfastened space.”