Thursday, 14 August 2014

Spurs given green light to drop affordable homes

A council has agreed £400 million regeneration plans which allow a Premier League football club to build a new stadium but drop provision for affordable homes.

Haringey Council’s planning committee last night gave the green light to amended plans for the Northumberland Development Project submitted by Tottenham Hotspur.

Under section 106 agreements in the original proposals, the regeneration would have provided 200 new homes – 100 of which would be ‘affordable’.

This was subsequently ditched and the new outline planning application proposed 285 flats – all for sale on the open market.

A report to the council claimed that the whole NDP scheme might not be viable with affordable housing as ‘registered affordable housing provider will, in general, pay less per sqft than would be expected on the open market’.

Tottenham Hotspur will now only be responsible for £477,000 of section 106 funding, as opposed to the previous total of £16 million.

As well as a stadium and new housing, the regeneration will also see a refurbished heritage square, public space including a podium for community events and improved highways and public transport.

Alan Strickland, Haringey Council member for economic development, said: ‘We’ve been clear all along that Spurs’ plans and commitment to invest in north Tottenham have the potential to kick-start the wider regeneration of Tottenham.

‘Following last summer’s riots, the need to transform Tottenham for the benefit of everyone who lives, works and studies in the area is stronger than ever.

‘I’m delighted that the planning committee unanimously backed this exciting scheme which will be pivotal to our aims of building back better for Tottenham.

‘We will continue to work in partnership with Spurs, with local businesses and with the community to make sure that this fantastic scheme can be delivered.’

Readers' comments (17)

  • Oh when the Spurs, go marching in,
    Oh when the Spurs go marching in,
    I want to be in that number as long as they don't drastically increase the season ticket prices for the new ground wherein I'll be priced out of the game
    Oh when the Spurs go marching in.

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  • F451

    Will they let the homeless sleep in the stands now that affordable housing has been banned?

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  • Jono

    "Tottenham Hotspur will now only be responsible for £477,000 of section 106 funding, as opposed to the previous total of £16 million."

    And this shortfall in the bill will be paid for by whom?

    "The proposed changes to the section 106 agreement include reducing THFC's highways and transport obligations from £13.3m to £477,000. The Mayor of London and the Council would fund £7.5m and the remaining works have been deleted from the plan as it was concluded that they were non-essential works, the committee report said."

    http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2012/february/haringey-considers-reducing-spurs-section-106-agreement-liabilities-by-16m/

    Remember that the purpose of a S106:

    "[The S106] relates to monies paid by developers to Local Planning Authorities in order to offset the costs of the external effects of development. For example, if a developer were to build 100 new houses, there would be effects on local schools, roads etc., which the Local Authority would have to deal with. In that situation there might be a Section 106 agreement as part of the granting of planning permission."

    It stinks.

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  • Just checking how much affordable housing and public S106 contributions Haringey would get if Tottenham relocate/ could n't afford to implement the scheme? Let alone how bad that would be for the area in general.

    Its been gone through by independent viability assessors.

    And we are complaining about lack of education contributions when they are building a school?

    Come on people lets get some perspective dont let pre conceptions of premier league football clubs/ followers cloud the fact that Tottenham are being great for the area.

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  • Fear & Loathing

    What's the point of planning policy if this the result.

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  • Its nothing to do with how anyone views a football club Matthew Rees - any developer has to include affordable housing in a new development - why should this development be any different? May we assume that all developers will now be allowed to scrap affordable housing as it is less profitable?

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  • Ernie Gray

    The problem with all of this is the signal that it sends out to developers that " prestige" developments should be treated differently. It also creates a big issue for a Labour local authority who will berata central government about the lack of affordable housing and then score an own goal like this - excuse the pun---------

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  • Why doesn't everyone, government, developers, councillors, Boris, just admit they don't want anyone who can't afford market rent (without HB) living within North/South circular. Develops should not be allowed to avoid providing social housing within their devolopments. We will soon be like the US where tented cities are springing up all over the country because poorer people just cannot find cheaper housing

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  • Alpha One

    Put aside the blatant abuse of the planning system by an iconic organisation who simply threatened to move elsewhere if they didn't get what they wanted.

    What concerns me is that the council freely admitted that nearly £6m of the highways contributions were for none essential works. I always knew that s106 was simply the legitimisation of the brown envelope stuffed with cash, this just confirms it!

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  • Why would you need affordable homes? Surely football players on £90k per week wages do not need them in Tottenham and the money could be better spent on signing new players such as Edin Hazard who will only cost around £25m.

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