resident ballot on high road west
Over the coming months, the Council and Lendlease will be speaking to local people on a range of aspects related to High Road West. We will be talking to the whole community, including residents, businesses, and people who visit the local area for shops or community facilities. The Council will also be consulting Love Lane Estate residents about their housing offer.
Once we have listened to everyone’s feedback on the masterplan and the housing offer, the Council will adopt a Landlord Offer. Then later in 2021, there will be a resident ballot on the Love Lane Estate where residents will decide if they want the regeneration to go ahead based on the Landlord Offer.
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 High Road West will help deliver these commitments and have far reaching benefits for residents, businesses and community groups throughout Haringey.
If you have any questions please contact the dedicated engagement officer, Lauren Schneider on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07816 151961.
working with you during covid-19
Covid-19 has impacted all our lives, and we appreciate everyone has been affected in different ways.
We are still eager to engage with residents and will do this in a Covid-19 secure manner, adhering to social distancing and government guidance. It is really important to us that local residents and the wider community have their say and are involved in the future of High Road West. To ensure people feel comfortable we will be offering a range of ways to give us your feedback including letters, phone calls, online information, virtual events and where possible face to face activities.
The council has a dedicated Connected Communities team for residents who might need support during the pandemic: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/community/connected-communities
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 agreed funding with the GLA to help deliver affordable housing, including at least 500 new high-quality Council homes at council rents. To deliver the new homes, jobs, businesses and community space we will need to demolish and rebuild homes on the Love Lane Estate.
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 High Road West 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 offer for residents, including secure tenants, leaseholders and non-secure tenants living in temporary accommodation
- Commitments to ongoing consultation and engagement
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 eligible to vote provided that 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?
Civica (formerly known as Electoral Reform Services) are the UK’s leading independent provider of end-to-end ballot, election and voting services. They have been appointed as the independent body to undertake the ballot on High Road West.
They 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.