LOVE LANE ESTATEOver 100 council and housing association estates across London are under threat of demolition. Our research shows where they are.
Love Lane estate
Number of homes under threat: 297
Landlord: Haringey Council
Independent Resident Advisor: Damian Tissier Microfish Communications
Ballot Status: Pending
297 council homes on the Love Lane estate have been earmarked for redevelopment as part of Haringey’s regeneration of Tottenham.
The estate was originally designated for redevelopment by Haringey Council’s cabinet in December 2014. It was subsequently included as a development site in Haringey’s Tottenham Area Action Plan (site NT5 - High Road West).
Haringey Council began rehousing secure tenants in February 2015 and there are now 180 temporary tenants on the estate (temporary tenants can be removed quickly in the run up to demolition).
In August 2021, Haringey published its Landlord Offer to residents.
The offer proposes to replace the estate’s 297 homes with 2,600 new homes, of which 40% ‘affordable’. Of the affordable homes 500 are set to be council homes at council rent.
A ballot took place in September 2021 in which 69% of ‘eligible’ residents voted, of which 55% supported the demolition of their homes and 45% did not. This represents just 39% of residents on the estate who were eligible to vote and did so - hardly a convincing mandate.
The residents eligible to vote consisted primarily of temporary residents, which numbered 226 compared with 43 remaining secure tenants and 25 resident leaseholders. During the ballot, temporary residents were offered secure council tenancies in replacement homes if the scheme goes ahead.
In January 2022, it was revealed that Haringey Council spent £350k on its campaign for a YES vote. As a result of this, a petition has been set up, calling on the Mayor to create a Resident Empowerment Fund that will level the playing field between councils and the local community in estate ballots.
There is an active residents campaign group - TAG (Love Lane Temporary Accommodation Group):
For more information see the following articles:
Under the wrecking ball: hundreds of homeless families placed in housing slated for demolition. (The Guardian)
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