planning & development

Pinkham Way protestAt a council planning meeting on Monday 18 July, a proposal to bring one of the largest MBT waste processing sites in Europe to North London was put on hold.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) wants to build an industrial waste processing plant in to manage waste from up to seven London boroughs. They plan to do this on land that is very close to houses and schools and is currently a mature wildlife habitat that acts as a green buffer from the North Circular (along the stretch between Bounds Green Road and Colney Hatch Lane). It will also increase traffic congestion in an already congested area and further pollute the already poor air quality which will affect the health of nearby residents.


Lobby of planning meetingStatement from the Wards Corner Community Coalition

At 11.30pm on 20th July, Haringey Council's special planning subcommittee refused the application by developer Grainger PLC to demolish the block at Wards Corner in Seven Sisters, Tottenham, a site that is home to a number of well-established, independent shops, the Seven Sisters market and a street of residential properties.

More than a hundred people filled the gallery at Wood Green Civic Centre as the case for the plan was put to the committee. Twelve speakers, representing traders, residents and local groups, passionately and skilfully dismantled the arguments supporting the plan and demonstrated to the committee the clear reasons for rejecting the Grainger application. A large shadow of doubt was cast over the Council's poor attempt at an Equalities Impact Assessment which failed to consult any of the people actually affected and as a consequence addressed none of the negative impacts that would arise from the scheme.


NO to demolition and corporate redevelopment!
YES to renewal and community empowerment!

Wednesday 20th July 2011, 6.30pm
Haringey Civic Centre, High Road, N22

Lobby the Planning Committee: Be Seen. Be Heard. Your Support is Vital. Come and Join In!

Private developers, Grainger's, have made an application to demolish this historic and important site, evict the thriving indoor market and local family businesses there, and build a 'clone town' development of gated luxury flats and corporate chain stores. Their application has been scheduled to be put before the Council's planning committee on Wednesday July 20th, 7pm.


The Spurs Ground Development is not just about a new stadium. It also involves the building of new housing, a supermarket, luxury hotel and more.

It’s happening on our doorstep and will affect our lives:
- who will our new neighbours?
- for anyone living in temporary accommodation, maybe you're hoping to move into one of the flats one day.
- how will it affect local services, businesses and crime?

- We need to have our say at the Development Management Forum
Thursay 24 June, 7pm, at Haringey Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane (just off Tottenham High Road), N17.



On Saturday 19th July, 500 residents, market traders, local shopkeepers, campaigners and passers-by formed a human chain around the whole Wards Corner block by Seven Sisters tube in order to say No to evictions, No to demolition, and YES to restoration as set out in the Community Plan created by local people.

Following the protest, the private developers pulled out of the planning hearing scheduled to rule on their application at the Civic Centre on Thursday July 24th. This has been seen by campaigners as a great victory for people power.