Stop the HDV
The HDV is no longer part of Council policy but the story remains an informative one.
In October 2017 a crowd-funded Judicial Review led by Gordon Peters, a retired Director of Social Services attempted to stop this sell of public assets and the demolition of several housing estates. Although the judgement went against the campaign Judge Ouseley did acknowledge grounds for an appeal which was submitted in February 2018. Since the Council elections in May 2018 the HDV is no longer part of Council policy but the appeal will continue - In particular we want to establish the legal responsibility for councils to consult meaningfully about estate 'regeneration' . .
The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), was a 50/50 partnership between Haringey Council and the global developer Lendlease, which the Cabinet believed would give Haringey the best chance to deliver investment, regeneration, new homes and community improvements. However there was massive public and political opposition to the HDV which was regarded by many residents, all of the political parties represented in the borough, including the two Labour MPs, unions and others, as Haringey Council Cabinet handing most of its property to a private company - (The HDV) jointly owned with Lendlease a private developer.
If the HDV had gone ahead it would have been the biggest such transfer of local authority resources to a private entity in UK history - and all this- without consulting the public on the HDV
- or taking it to a full Council meeting
- or sharing any of the financial risks to the public purse and assessment of viability
- or considering the consequences for the very diverse population and for vulnerable people through equalities impact
- or due consideration of partnership or company status.