Tottenham’s Wards Corner subject of surprise new planning application
07:00 10 May 2012
A surprise new planning application for the controversial redevelopment of a Tottenham landmark looks set to spark more arguments – despite evidence suggesting most residents want to see the area regenerated with new buildings.
Developers Grainger submitted a revised application for the Wards Corner site above Seven Sisters Tube station on Tuesday morning, in the hope adjustments to the original design – rejected by the planning committee last July – will meet approval and kick-start regeneration of the southern gateway to Tottenham, adding up to £11million to the local economy each year.
Suggested improvements include more trees in the public square, one less storey and “memory boxes” at the exits to the Tube station – giving a glimpse of the area’s history, including elements of the historic Wards Store.
It will still include space for the indoor market – which would get a more prominent entrance to encourage more shoppers inside.
The future of the site has been in limbo for a number of years as Grainger, campaign group the Wards Corner Comunity Coalition (WCC) and Haringey Council argue over what should be done with the old Victorian department store.
Independent survey company ComRes found 76 per cent of those asked wanted to see a mix of national and local shops and restaurants, as well flats and more public space on the site.
Only 19 per cent of the 577 people asked wanted no change at all, and 26 per cent wanted the current building to stay regardless.
Grainger is hopeful these results will add weight to their proposals - although it intends to continue with the judicial review of Haringey’s refusal of the previous application.
Development director David Walters said: “The Seven Sisters regeneration project will play a crucial part in the Tottenham regeneration vision and it is heartening to learn from the recent survey carried out by ComRes that there is strong support for the redvelopment from the residents who live in South Tottenham.”
But Wendy Keenan, a member of WCC which has campaigned to keep the original Wards Store building, said: “The use of this sort of process is just simply to achieve what they wanted from the start.”
Cllr Alan Strickland, cabinet member for economic development and social inclusion, said the council would consider all feedback. He said: “As the gateway to South Tottenham, renewal of Seven Sisters is pivotal to the wider transformation of the area. The council has long supported the complete redevelopment of this site to bring significant new jobs and housing to Tottenham.
“With exciting regeneration projects in the pipeline for Northumberland Park, Tottenham High Road and Tottenham Hale, it is important that the Seven Sisters area plays its part.”