News from Sian Berry: Broadwater Farm regeneration should be model of community involvement

08 November 2016

Sian Berry visited Haringey’s Broadwater Farm Estate on Monday 31 October 2016, and met with Chris Hutton and Jacob Secker, Chair and Secretary, of the Broadwater Farm Residents' Association, to discuss their concerns about the future of their estate.

In September, Sian wrote to London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development to ask him to follow up on the Mayor’s manifesto commitment of fully involving estate residents in making decisions about the future of their estates [1].

The Deputy Mayor for Housing will be publishing a good practice guide for estate regeneration later this autumn which will set out how the Mayor envisages developers and councils should interact with residents, such as those at Broadwater Farm.

Broadwater Farm Estate is listed for redevelopment in Haringey’s draft Local Plan [2] and the residents’ association is keen to build a better relationship with the council so that they can be properly involved in making plans for the estate that avoid demolishing homes and make improvements to local facilities.

Sian Berry said:

“The people living on Broadwater Farm Estate are worried about the implications of their homes being listed as a development area.

“They have already succeeded in removing parts of Lordship Recreation Ground from the ‘red zone’ area drawn on the map, but this zone still includes their community centre and more than 1,000 homes, which now have an uncertain future.

“I will continue to call on the Mayor to ensure his forthcoming estates ‘good practice’ guidance promotes full and early involvement with residents, when the goals of the regeneration are still open to change.

“That would make a real difference to the lives of residents such as those at Broadwater Farm.”

Haringey Council has said it is committed to considering ways to improve the estate, so that residents can enjoy living in highest standard of housing possible.

Notes to editors

[1] https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/assembly-members/publications-sian-berry/publication-sian-berry-letter-0

In her letter to James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Sian outlined these principles for the Mayor’s forthcoming estates guidance

  • No residents excluded from involvement in making plans for the area
  • Full transparency for information on the current state of estates and the basis for new plans
  • Early and wide engagement with residents, when the goals of the regeneration are still open to change
  • Expert support for residents to develop their own plans for their areas
  • A meaningful final say and real decision-making power over the final options, ideally with a ballot for all residents

[2] Area SA62: Broadwater Farm Area is defined in Haringey’s draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document for development after 2020 to achieve ‘Improvements of the housing estate to improve stock, design of the site, and routes through the area” – see page 152: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/local-plan/local-plan-site-allocations-dpd