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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

According to today's Architects' Journal, the mayor of London has given the OK to two high-rise schemes that had been opposed by the boroughs of Haringey and Harrow, despite strong local objections and their failure to meet his own affordable housing targets.

In Haringey, the Hale Wharf application was rejected by seven votes to one and was opposed by 160 residents as well as deputy mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney, who called the original plans “clearly unacceptable”.

Harrow’s planning committee made a cross-party decision to reject what one member described as ‘ugly, inappropriate and unpopular 17-storey towers that will blight the landscape’.

London Assembly member Tony Devenish said: “This is a huge slap in the face for local democracy and the people of Harrow and Haringey.

“These decisions not only contradict Sadiq Khan's commitment to respect London Boroughs’ democratic autonomy in planning decisions, they also categorically break his pledge for 50 per cent affordable housing.

“During his election campaign, Sadiq Khan criticised the former Deputy Mayor of London for being too pro high rise. Now he has u-turned, run rough-shod over locally elected councillors and approved two hideous 17 and 21-storey towers.

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He also campaigned for the Labour candidacy to the left of Tessa Jowell and received a shocking rush of second votes from supporters who had paid to vote for Jeremy Corbyn to see him beat her. I appreciate that he should be Mayor for all but, come on mate, stop taking the Mickey. Oh wait.... I see who he's Mayor for now.

Saw through him from day one, snake oil salesman

I think these property developments are at least implicitly underwritten by the local councils. They are already letting private flats to put council tenants in so it seems logical that they would be the tenant of last resort for the property developers. This means that they're going to banks and borrowing money from them at slightly "government backed" rates, just by having the councils involved in the deals. This puts the banks AND the property developers on the side of building these big towers. I'm afraid I only see the usual NIMBY complaints from current residents against and I can't imagine what the huge queue of private renters and desperate first time buyers think of their opposition. Well I can actually.

Even if you do like high rise developments the one at Hale Wharf is just plain STOOOPID planning!

They have planned for the taller of the group of buildngs to be on the south side of the plot and it will throw a shadow on all the other lower rise buildings. How stooopid is that?

And thepoor owners of flats that bought into Hale Village wityh the lovely view onto the reservoirs and maershes only to now face having their bview and light blocked!

The pub will have its evening light blocked even in summer! Manhattan on Thames.

Vive my own personal Brexit!

Cynic I may be but I'd suggest that this is a case of the near impossble - finding a poltician who, when they get power, stick to their promises. 

He styles himself as The Most Business-Friendly Mayor. 

We all know what that means.

We're doomed.

I met him once and he came across very shifty and extremely ambitious. He's the type of person who would change their views depending on the crowd. Just look at his tweet today regarding Osbornes appointment as the editor of the Evening Standard. After running a mayoral campaign like the Tories did, you would think he would have bit more of a backbone. 

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