STOP HDV - Haringey Development Vehicle

by Gordon Peters and STOP HDV

STOP HDV - Haringey Development Vehicle

by Gordon Peters and STOP HDV
Gordon Peters and STOP HDV
I'm a retired Social Services Director and currently chair Haringey Older Peoples Reference Group. I'm appalled that Haringey plans to sell off its public assets with no resident consultation.
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I'm a retired Social Services Director and currently chair Haringey Older Peoples Reference Group. I'm appalled that Haringey plans to sell off its public assets with no resident consultation.
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Stop HDV takes Haringey Council and Lendlease to the High Court for their flawed process of housing demolition and regeneration.

Oct. 16, 2017

Our CrowdJustice campaign has re-opened!

The Judicial Review on the Haringey Development Vehicle takes place in the High Court on The Strand in London on 25 and 26 October, and I hope some supporters can make it to that, either outside from 9 to 10 am or in the public seating from 10 am.

The challenge is to Haringey Council setting up a supposedly 50/50 partnership with the Australian multi-natio...

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Hi, my name is Gordon Peters and I’m an active older resident of Haringey who spends a lot of time with individuals and groups supporting vulnerable older people.  I was a Parliamentary candidate in Hornsey & Wood Green for the Green Party in 2015 and I’m very concerned about the housing crisis and lack of decent and affordable homes in the borough.

I’m taking legal action – now including a Judicial Review – in order to stop Haringey Council’s leadership from demolishing several housing estates and selling off its public assets.  At an eventual value of £2bn, it would be the biggest ever sell-off of public assets in local authority history. 

It will affect many of the present Council estate residents who would lose their current homes as well as those who are currently homeless.  The council have refused to give a written guarantee of a right to return on council tenancies, and only a small percentage of the new accommodation will be on social rents. Whilst some tenants might be rehoused locally, most will lose their current residential rights as tenants.  The replacement homes will have a lack of genuinely affordable housing and there is no guarantee at all of social housing.  

“Regeneration”  is about bringing wealthier people into Haringey and many poorer people having to move out – as has happened in Southwark with Lendlease, Haringey’s chosen partner.  In addition, there is a very high risk to all of Haringey residents by putting so much of the public purse in the hands of a new limited company with no guaranteed income and no risk assessment shared.

Many of Haringey’s Labour councillors also share our concerns but the leadership have refused to accept their own Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s reports calling for a halt to the HDV.  We have also called in the District Auditor who is conducting a public interest investigation.  

There has been a serious lack of consultation, of democratic process, of transparency and accountability, as well as duties of equal treatment which must now be addressed in a court of law.   A 'Funday' survey asking if tenants want 'improved housing' would be expected to return an almost 100% 'yes' vote!  But there has been no genuine consultation on the HDV and only a limited amount on the demolition of Northumberland Park.

We have issued a ‘Pre-Action’ letter to the Leader of Haringey Council and in subsequent correspondence she has dismissed our concerns.  Over £8,000 has been raised already for these legal costs so far but we now have to go to the High Court where our barristers will make the case for stopping the HDV and reconsidering.  We therefore need £4000 soon and we may well need more after that.

If we win – and our lawyers Leigh Day feel we have a very strong case - , a judge can stop this vehicle in its tracks and make Haringey reconsider its options – including putting its case before the electorate in the Council elections of 2018.  The wide coalition opposing the HDV includes members and councillors of the Labour Party and the Lib-Dems as well as the Green Party.  It also includes many non-affiliated individuals and groups including the Federation of Haringey Residents’ Associations and Unite Community Branch.

For further information go to StopHDV.com

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Stop HDV takes Haringey Council and Lendlease to the High Court for their flawed process of housing demolition and regeneration.

Oct. 16, 2017

Our CrowdJustice campaign has re-opened!

The Judicial Review on the Haringey Development Vehicle takes place in the High Court on The Strand in London on 25 and 26 October, and I hope some supporters can make it to that, either outside from 9 to 10 am or in the public seating from 10 am.

The challenge is to Haringey Council setting up a supposedly 50/50 partnership with the Australian multi-national corporation, Lendlease, to take over land and property belonging to the Council, involving demolition and regeneration of estates as well as business premises and private houses in 'red-lined areas’. If it goes ahead it will be the biggest such transfer of local authority resources to a private entity in UK history. Lendlease have now joined Haringey as a defendant of the HDV in court.

 And all this

-  without consulting the public on the HDV

-  or taking it to a full Council meeting

-  or sharing any of the financial risks to the public purse and assessment of viability

-  or considering the consequences for the very diverse population and for vulnerable people through equalities impact

-  or due consideration of partnership or company status.

Just ten years after the sell off of Alexandra Palace in Haringey was averted in court, with David Wolfe, QC acting for the claimants in that case, he will lead the legal team in court on 25 October in the attempt to stop the HDV.

None of this would have been possible without the amazing support from the several hundred people who have contributed through our crowdfunding to raise £25,000. £20,000 of this is required for our community cap on any awards which will be requested of the judge. The solicitors for the case, Leigh Day, and the barristers have put a great deal of work in to it, and as a result I am now asking for another £5,000 to make up the fees and costs accruing.

I hope you will make another donation, small or large, if you possibly can.

This case has implications for the future of social housing in London and beyond, and at a time of acute crisis in that and the need for alternatives to corporate control of housing, for the creation of a fairer system and an end to decanting poorer people, it could be a landmark in helping local authorities change course.

With gratitude and solidarity

Gordon Peters


HDV goes to court

Aug. 31, 2017

The Administrative Division of the High Court has now set a date - 25 and 26 October - for what is called a rolled up hearing on our case against Haringey Council Cabinet's decision to go ahead with their HDV. This means that  the judge will decide on leave to appeal the decision and the hearing of the case itself on the same date. Hence we expect to be in court - Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand unless otherwise informed - on these two days.

So please make a note in diaries anyone who can and might want to attend as there will be a presence outside as well as in the court.This could be something of a landmark as the wholesale demolition and 'regeneration' of communities across London - and elsewhere in the country - at the expense of poorer people particularly and with little or no local involvement in decisions, with corporate developer profits being the driving force, could be halted. Camden Council have in fact just rejected a joint venture such as the HDV and cited it as a reason for doing so. We hope now to turn the tide legally.

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