7:00pm on a cold Monday evening (13.2.17) a healthy crowd gathered in at the Social Club, in Stuart Crescent, Wood Green to listen and debate Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV). You could…
"London's housing crisis is rooted in a neo-liberal urban project to recommodify and financialise housing and land in a global city. But where exactly is the crisis heading? What future is being prepared for London's urban dwellers? How can we learn from other country and city contexts to usefully speculate about London's housing future?
"I’m an economist and planner, and now a semi-retired professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning. My comments draw mainly on my experience in supporting community groups negotiating with developers and councils at King’s Cross over 25 years and on the decade of experience across London in the JustSpace.org.uk network of community groups."
Haringey Cabinet Meeting is set to sign off a massive property portfolio to one preferred developer, which will include a mix of land, housing and commercial property - Not for peanuts, not for a pepper-corn, BUT FOR NOTHING! Yes you read it right - no upfront payment is expected for the package of public assets handed over to one giant developer. Instead of payment haringey is handing over those pubic assets for? well… A PROMISE! A promise of 50% share and profit of a partnership with the chosen developer.