Haringey Labour’s Manifesto made it clear that Social Housing is a key priority for the new administration, which pledged to build over 1000 new council houses by 2022. At the start of this year, Haringey Council consulted with residents on the Wood Green Area Action Plan (AAP). Results are being analysed, and it is expected that we will be consulting on a revised version of the AAP in early 2019.
Having listened to the community feedback the intention is that the Mall and Bury Road Car Park site allocation will no longer be a redevelopment option. Instead there will be a comprehensive refurbishment and repurposing option. This means that the demolition of Sky City and Page High is no longer proposed and this vital social housing will remaining in situ.
Cllr Charles Adje, Cabinet Member for Strategic Regeneration, said:
“This new administration has made it clear that social housing is at our very heart. We have listened to representations made by residents of Page High and Sky City, and by the Mall, and are intending to remove these sites from redevelopment plans.
“Let there be no doubt: we have ambitious plans for Wood Green, including creating thousands of homes and jobs, and a modern, green and sustainable town centre – delivering the change our communities have told us they want to see.
“But regeneration is not just about shiny new buildings, it is also about social and economic change. This decision shows that we will listen to residents, and will deliver the kind of change that works for all.”
The three Noel Park Councillors, Cllr Emine Ibrahim, Khaled Moyeed and Peray Ahmet, issued a joint statement, which said:
“As Noel Park Councillors we are delighted with the Council’s decision to stop Sky City and Page High from being at risk of redevelopment. In the run up to the election we made our position very clear on this and fully supported the rights of the residents to live without the threat of demolition to their homes.
“The new administration has listened, and now residents have clarity over the future of their homes. We will continue to support them in their endeavours to further renovate and upgrade their estate over the coming months and years.”