Resident ballot on the High Road West Regeneration scheme
In September 2018, we informed residents that we intend to hold a resident ballot in spring 2019 on whether the Love Lane Estate is demolished to facilitate the High Road West Regeneration Scheme to go ahead.
This scheme will deliver:
- 2,500 new homes, including a minimum of 191 replacement Council-owned homes and at least 750 affordable homes
- 500 new jobs and 3,500 construction jobs
- A new public park, square and library and learning centre, plus new shops and leisure activities
We are absolutely committed to working in partnership with the residents of the Love Lane Estate and we want to create the best homes and opportunities for our residents.
We believe that the High Road West Regeneration Scheme will help deliver these commitments and have far reaching benefits for residents, businesses and community groups throughout Haringey.
Why do we need to hold a ballot?
On 18 July 2018, the Mayor of London announced that any landlord seeking Greater London Authority (GLA) funding for an estate regeneration project - which involves the demolition of social homes - must demonstrate that they have secured resident support for their proposals through a ballot.
Haringey Council have asked for funding from the GLA to help deliver genuinely affordable housing on the High Road West Regeneration Scheme. To deliver new homes, jobs, businesses and community space we will need to demolish and rebuild homes on the Love Lane Estate. These will include new council homes at council rents.
The offer to residents
Haringey Council is the landlord of the estate and after consultation with residents we will be putting together a Landlord Offer. The Landlord Offer will outline the details of the High Road West Regeneration scheme and associated ballot, including the question to be put to residents in the ballot and the timing of the ballot. The Landlord Offer will include details of:
- The vision, priorities and objectives of the project, including the estimated number of new homes and mix of homes
- The full right to return or remain for social tenants
- The offer for leaseholders
- Commitments to ongoing consultation and engagement
- The offer for those in Temporary Accommodation
Who is eligible to vote in the High Road West ballot?
The ballot is open to all residents’ aged 16 years or older living on the Love Lane Estate who meet one or more of the following three eligibility criteria:
- Social tenants, including those with secure, assured, flexible or introductory tenancies, named as a tenant on a tenancy agreement dated on or before the date the Landlord Offer document is published
- Resident leaseholders or freeholders who have been living in their properties as their only or principal home for at least one year prior to the date the Landlord Offer is published and are named on the lease or freehold title for their property
- Any resident whose principal home is on the estate and who has been on Haringey Council’s housing register for at least one year prior to the date the Landlord Offer is published, irrespective of their current tenure
Residents living in temporary accommodation and private rented sector tenants are not eligible to vote, unless they have been on the local authority housing register for one year or more prior to the date the Landlord Offer is published (regardless of how long they have lived on the estate).
The eligibility criteria is as stated in the Mayor of London's guidance on ballots. Read the guidance here (external link)
Who will be responsible for undertaking the ballot?
We are in the process of appointing an independent body to undertake the ballot and can share more information on the appointment soon.
The independent body will review processes for registration of voters, distribute the Landlord Offer, advise Haringey Council on the question to be put to ballot, ensure that votes are accurately recorded and counted, and confirm the overall ballot process meets GLA requirements.
Timeline and next steps
- Drop in sessions and 1-1 meetings – from 24 September onwards at the Grange Community Hub, 32-34a White Hart Lane, N17 8DP
- Landlord Offer consultation –Winter 2018/2019
- Landlord Offer report goes to Haringey Council’s Cabinet – spring/summer 2019
- Landlord Offer published and sent to residents – spring/summer 2019
- Anticipated timing of Love Lane Estate Ballot – summer/autumn 2019
- Results of Love Lane Estate Ballot – autumn/winter 2019
If you are a resident of the Love Lane Estate and would like to arrange a 1-1 meeting please contact your dedicated engagment officer, Ian Cruise on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07773 958564.