Greater London Authority (GLA) funding for a High Road West regeneration project

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Dear Rt Hon Sadiq Khan Mayor of London,

I am writing with reference to High Road West Regeneration Scheme based in north London, Tottenham, Haringey and the proposed resident ballot in late 2019 on the Love Lane Estate is demolished to facilitate the High Road West Regeneration Scheme to go ahead.

On 18 July 2018, the your office 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.

The HRW scheme proposes to demolish Love Lane Estate, a social housing estate owned by Haringey Council and it also proposes to demolish over 60 buildings owned by the BAME business community.

We note that the ballot is not open to the small business community members (leaseholder and freeholders) on the High Street and to Peacock Industrial Estate members. The ballot is only open to social housing tenants.

As stated above, HRW is not only proposing to demolish social housing estate but also several buildings owned by the small business community and the whole Peacock Industrial Estate owned mainly by the BAME business community.

Unless, you intervene, our local London Borough of Haringey (LBH) is not going to include us in this ballot. For the last six years they have whitewashed all our wishes, excluded us in a discriminatory manner from the key policy decision making processes.

We are seeking your urgent guidance and intervention in this matter, alternatively if you are unable to issue a new policy guidance on this we seek clarification taking into consideration the Equality Act 2010, the grounds for the social exclusion of all the local BAME business units, freehold owners and leaseholders which are going to be demolished from this ballot and/or your ballot policy.

Yours faithfully,

Faruk Tepeyurt

Greater London Authority

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(GLA) funding for a High Road West regeneration project

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Dear Faruk Tepeyurt,

Thank you for your email to the Mayor of London, dated 17th April 2019,
relating to the High Road West Regeneration Scheme in the London Borough
of Haringey.

The subject line of your email references a Freedom of Information
Request, but you do not appear to be requesting the release of any
information under the Freedom of Information Act. Guidance on making
Freedom of Information Requests can be found [1]here.

I am, however, sorry to read that you feel that the local business
community has been excluded from the decision making process. The Mayor's
ballot condition that you refer to was introduced as a requirement of GLA
affordable housing funding following extensive consultation.

Eligible Love Lane Residents will be balloted regarding any estate
regeneration proposals that come forward on their estate for which GLA
funding is sought. While the Mayor would absolutely expect that local
businesses are involved in the development and implementation of major
regeneration schemes, the council is not obligated to ballot them and the
Mayor's funding condition does include detailed guidance on how these
ballots should be conducted. The reason for this is that the focus of the
funding condition is on ensuring that existing residents - social tenants,
resident leaseholders and freeholders, and residents seeking social
housing who are living on estates - have a decisive say in the future of
their estates.

You mentioned the Equality Act 2010 and while The Mayor has no legal remit
to intervene in specific cases, he takes allegations of discrimination
very seriously. If you feel that the council's processes have not been
appropriately applied to address your concerns, then you may wish to
consider contacting the Local Government Ombudsman, via
[2]https://www.lgo.org.uk/contact-us or 0300 061 0614.

I hope the above has clarified the position of the Mayor and the GLA, but
if there is further information that you seek please let us know.

Yours sincerely,

Shadi Brazell

If you are unhappy with the way the GLA has handled your request, you may
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available at:
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Dear Rt Hon Sadiq Khan Mayor of London,

I am writing with reference to High Road West Regeneration Scheme based in
north London, Tottenham, Haringey and the proposed resident ballot in late
2019 on the Love Lane Estate is demolished to facilitate the High Road
West Regeneration Scheme to go ahead.

On 18 July 2018, the your office 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.

The HRW scheme proposes to demolish Love Lane Estate, a social housing
estate owned by Haringey Council and it also proposes to demolish over 60
buildings owned by the BAME business community.

We note that the ballot is not open to the small business community
members (leaseholder and freeholders) on the High Street and to Peacock
Industrial Estate members. The ballot is only open to social housing
tenants.

As stated above, HRW is not only proposing to demolish social housing
estate but also several buildings owned by the small business community
and the whole Peacock Industrial Estate owned mainly by the BAME business
community.

Unless, you intervene, our local London Borough of Haringey (LBH) is not
going to include us in this ballot. For the last six years they have
whitewashed all our wishes, excluded us in a discriminatory manner from
the key policy decision making processes.

We are seeking your urgent guidance and intervention in this matter,
alternatively if you are unable to issue a new policy guidance on this we
seek clarification taking into consideration the Equality Act 2010, the
grounds for the social exclusion of all the local BAME business units,
freehold owners and leaseholders which are going to be demolished from
this ballot and/or your ballot policy.

Yours faithfully,

Faruk Tepeyurt

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