High Road West (HRW) - proposed regeneration scheme and Landowners & Developers Secret Meetings

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Dear Cabinet Leader & Councillor Joseph Ejiofor,

I wrote on behalf of Peacock Industrial Estate to your office on 11th October 2018 querying the contents and selection criteria for the secretive meetings held between landowners and developers with reference to High Road West regeneration scheme. On 30th of October 2018, you gave a vague response with no explanation nor any clarification on our queries.

Under the Freedom of Information Act our queries are as follows:
We have now discovered that over 21 secretive meetings were held, during the ongoing regeneration consultation process between the dates of 1st January 2013 to 20th December 2017 with specific reference to HRW regeneration between landowners and developers and the Council in the absence of one of the major landowner of the area, i.e. the Peacock Industrial Estate business community which owns almost one hectare of land.

We seek the Council to disclose the following information:
1- the Council in its initial consultation process promised three alternative master plans for the community. The full disclosure of the three proposed plans for HRW;

2- Confirm number of meetings held between the Counsel, Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club,
and the architects firm Arup between the dates of 1st of January 2013 and December 2018;

3- The full disclosure of commercial assessment and legal justification for declaring privately owned land as a communal square "Peacock Park" in the proposed current master plan without consulting the owners first;

4- Confirm whether any of the companies who attended the landowner & developer meetings until October 2018 provided commercial services to the Council with reference to HRW;

5- Confirm and disclose the name of the private company which provided the services for site allocations assessments for the proposed so-called Peacock Park;

6- Legal reasoning and justification for excluding the largest landowner of the area i.e. the small business community of Peacock Industrial Estate from the above 21 secretive meetings held between the developers and the Council;

7- Disclose all the gifts, dinners, invitations and any other special perks which can be deemed as a gift to Council officers and Council's Counsellors from the developers and landowners who attended the above stated secret meetings in our absentia.

Yours faithfully,

Faruk Tepeyurt on behalf of Peacock Industrial Estate

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Mr Tepeyurt

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/8354319

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 04 February 2019.

 

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 04 March 2019

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Tepeyurt,

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/8354319

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 04 February 2019,
in which you made the following query:

 

“We have now discovered that over 21 secretive meetings were held, during
the ongoing regeneration consultation process between the dates of 1st
January 2013 to 20th December 2017 with specific reference to HRW
regeneration between landowners and developers and the Council in the
absence of one of the major landowner of the area, i.e. the Peacock
Industrial Estate business community which owns almost one hectare of
land.

 

We seek the Council to disclose the following information:

 

1- the Council in its initial consultation process promised three
alternative master plans for the community. The full disclosure of the
three proposed plans for HRW;

 

2- Confirm number of meetings held between the Counsel, Tottenham Hotspurs
Football Club,  and the architects firm Arup between the dates of 1st of
January 2013 and December 2018;

 

3- The full disclosure of commercial assessment and legal justification
for declaring privately owned land as a communal square "Peacock Park" in
the proposed current master plan without consulting the owners first;

 

4- Confirm whether any of the companies who attended the landowner &
developer meetings until October 2018 provided commercial services to the
Council with reference to HRW;

 

5- Confirm and disclose the name of the private company which provided the
services for site allocations assessments for the proposed so-called
Peacock Park;

 

6- Legal reasoning and justification for excluding the largest landowner
of the area i.e. the small business community of Peacock Industrial Estate
from the above 21 secretive meetings held between the developers and the
Council;

 

7- Disclose all the gifts, dinners, invitations and any other special
perks which can be deemed as a gift to Council officers and Council's
Counsellors from the developers and landowners who attended the above
stated secret meetings in our absentia.

 

My response is as follows:

 

 1. The three options are publicly available, included in section 1.6 of
the Masterplan:
([1]https://tottenham.london/explore/high-ro...
Option 3 was selected by Cabinet on 28^th November 2013.

 

 2. We don’t have any records of meetings held between the Council,
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the architects, Arup between 2013
and 2018.  Records of consultation and engagement are described in the
report “High Road West, Creating a Plan for Change, Consultation
Feedback Report” (August 2013), including those with Arup in their
capacity as the Council’s appointed masterplanners for the High Road
West scheme, which was included as an appendix to the Cabinet report
(28/11/13):
[2]http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/docum...

 

 3. The layout of the masterplan for High Road West was a design decision,
not a commercial or legal decision.  Therefore, the Council does not
hold any information regarding a commercial assessment nor legal
justification for this decision.  Peacock Park was included in the
consultation as referred to in the previous question.

 

 4. Representation at the Tottenham Landowners and Major Businesses Group
is available on line, together with minutes of  meetings
([3]https://tottenham.london/invest/tottenha...).
 Lendlease were appointed as the council’s development partner and
subsequently joined the group.  For any other contractual arrangements
between representatives and the Council, please refer to the Council’s
register of contracts:
[4]https://www.haringey.gov.uk/business/gro...

 

 5. Further to question 3, allocation of Peacock Park was a design
decision which was promoted during the masterplanning phase, by the
Council, working with its appointed masterplanners, Arup. The decision
on the masterplan was taken by the council alone, following
consultation with the community.

 

 6. The Council works with a range of strategic partners who can help to
bring investment into the borough.  The Tottenham Landowners and Major
Businesses Group was originally established in the aftermath of the
riots as part of a concerted effort to increase investment into
Tottenham. The Group no longer sits, but it is not accurate to suggest
it was secretive, with agendas and minutes published online. It has
also been the subject of significant external scrutiny. In accordance
with its Terms of Reference for the Group brought together large
landowners and developers who were actively bringing forward plans for
development and/or investment, where those development ambitions are
consistent with the council’s formally adopted plans for the area in
question. It should be noted that while the plans that have been
shared with the council for the Peacock Estate relate to a large
designated site, they are not in accordance with the council’s
policies or delivery strategy (e.g. as indicated in the Tottenham Area
Action Plan).

  

 7. All interests related to Councillors are available on line
([5]https://www.haringey.gov.uk/local-democr...
). One record has been identified in relation to gifts from developers
/ landowners to representatives at the Tottenham Landowners and Major
Businesses Group of £20 in relation to ‘food/meal’.  All officers
abide with the Council’s policies, including the Anti-fraud and
Corruption Strategy
([6]https://www.haringey.gov.uk/sites/haring...
).

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Matthew Maple

High Road West Lead

Regeneration Team

River Park House, 225 High Road

Wood Green

London, N22 8HQ

 

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