In a further delay to Haringey Council’s bodged regeneration of Hornsey, the developer of Hornsey Depot has pulled out of the development deal with the council.
Haringey Lib Dems have slammed the Labour council after more than a decade of bad choices, bad management and the wrong priorities has kept Hornsey High Street blighted by a massive derelict site since it was first appropriated by the council in 1998.
The withdrawal of the latest preferred developer and their replacement is due to be discussed behind closed doors, without the public present, at the Cabinet meeting this evening (12th February). Plans for the land in Hornsey, jointly owned by the council and Sainsbury’s had included the building of more than 300 new housing units and a supermarket. This latest collapse will mean further delay in the development of this strategic site.
In the past, the Lib Dems have criticised the Labour Council for rating the amount the developer said they would pay for the site as much more important than quality of the scheme for residents and stakeholders.
Now the Lib Dems have raised concerns about the decision on the site’s future being made behind closed doors as the council have let the site lie empty and unused for 15 years.
Lib Dem Hornsey Councillor Robert Gorrie, commented:
“Fiasco is too kind a word to describe the council’s mismanagement of the redevelopment of this strategic site. Twice they have picked the wrong developer, chasing unrealistic short term financial returns for Labour to waste on other badly managed vanity projects. Instead they should have been listening to residents and stakeholders and delivering the homes and jobs which a successful redevelopment would bring.
“This project is at least seven years behind schedule. That is seven years of business rates and council tax income for the council. Seven years of jobs and housing for those who need them. Instead Labour has given Hornsey residents seven years of blight, uncertainty, derelict buildings and lost opportunities. Have the Labour council said sorry, of course not.”
Cllr Richard Wilson, Lib Dem opposition Leader, added:
“An important decision like this should not be taken behind closed doors. The public and the people of Hornsey in particular, deserve an explanation for the latest in a long line of delays to this long awaited project.
“The Labour-run council must explain how on earth it has taken 15 years to get to this point. 15 years of promises that have not been delivered, 15 years of no real progress, 15 years of a derelict site blighting Hornsey High Street.”