Tottenham Hale set to be named as housing hotpot

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Tottenham Hale is set to be announced as an "affordable housing" hotspot by the Mayor of London next month.

Boris Johnson will name ten housing zones to be earmarked for new developements.

Hale Village, in Tottenham Hale, is set to be named as a promising area for more residential properties to compliment the existing 870 homes on the 12-acre site.

 

 

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8:20pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Alan Stanton says...

An important question: affordable for whom? Affordable for people on the minimum wage? Or on zero hours contracts? Or who are forced by their employers to become "self-employed"? People doing two or three jobs to try to keep their heads above water?

Will they be affordable to people who find themselves in sudden financial trouble because they have to look after a sick child or an elderly relative? Or just because they miss a monthly payment of Council Tax? And then they a cash penalty as the Council chases them through the courts; and eventually sends in the bailiffs?

Will the new homes be affordable only for people who want a second home in a flat near the station? Or foreign companies buying off-plan as an "investment"?

Yes, we need to build more homes. But not by wholesale demolition of sound housing of the past because it's a council estate and can be sold-off to developers. Nor if the new homes are in towers almost exclusively private homes for richer people.

The Kober Muswell Hill Colonial Administration talks about "mixed communities". As if we didn’t already have such communities in Tottenham. Instead of sucking up to developers in Cannes, Our councillors should be using their time and scarce funds to build social housing.

Apparently we learned nothing at all from the tower blocks of the past. And Boris Johnson and our Council leaders aren't even prepared to listen to Prince Charles' Housing Charity which spoke out last month against “faceless” towers and “poorly conceived” mega-developments. http://bit.ly/1o3JUE
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It doesn't have to be like this. There are excellent models from the past which work well. For example, in Tottenham Hale the Ferry Lane Estate (built by the GLC and now managed by Haringey) is a long established and successful mixture of social housing, leasehold and private homes.
An important question: affordable for whom? Affordable for people on the minimum wage? Or on zero hours contracts? Or who are forced by their employers to become "self-employed"? People doing two or three jobs to try to keep their heads above water? Will they be affordable to people who find themselves in sudden financial trouble because they have to look after a sick child or an elderly relative? Or just because they miss a monthly payment of Council Tax? And then they a cash penalty as the Council chases them through the courts; and eventually sends in the bailiffs? Will the new homes be affordable only for people who want a second home in a flat near the station? Or foreign companies buying off-plan as an "investment"? Yes, we need to build more homes. But not by wholesale demolition of sound housing of the past because it's a council estate and can be sold-off to developers. Nor if the new homes are in towers almost exclusively private homes for richer people. The Kober Muswell Hill Colonial Administration talks about "mixed communities". As if we didn’t already have such communities in Tottenham. Instead of sucking up to developers in Cannes, Our councillors should be using their time and scarce funds to build social housing. Apparently we learned nothing at all from the tower blocks of the past. And Boris Johnson and our Council leaders aren't even prepared to listen to Prince Charles' Housing Charity which spoke out last month against “faceless” towers and “poorly conceived” mega-developments. http://bit.ly/1o3JUE 3 It doesn't have to be like this. There are excellent models from the past which work well. For example, in Tottenham Hale the Ferry Lane Estate (built by the GLC and now managed by Haringey) is a long established and successful mixture of social housing, leasehold and private homes. Alan Stanton
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