Crowdfunding drive to bankroll HDV High Court challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:52 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:09 13 April 2017

Protestors outside a previous council meeting at Haringey Civic Centre

Protestors outside a previous council meeting at Haringey Civic Centre


Campaigners protesting against the controversial Haringey Develpment Vehicle have mounted a crowdfunding drive to raise £25,000 in order to challenge the scheme in the High Court.

Under the unprecedented plans, the largest of their kind ever proposed by a UK council, huge swathes of council land, housing and business property worth more than £2 billion will be transferred to a private company – owned 50/50 by the council and Australian-based developers Lendlease.

A crowdfunding drive launched by Alexandra Park resident Gordon Peters, who also chairs the Older People’s Reference Group for Haringey, brands the deal “highly risky” and calls on supporters to “stop this now while there is still time”.

He has instructed human rights lawyers Leigh Day to fight the case.

A separate effort has already raised £4,000 to meet the costs of a Pre-Action Letter warning the leader of the council that considerations towards Judicial Review will be made if the proposals go ahead.

“Now, as part of the growing campaign to stop the Haringey Development Vehicle, we urgently need to continue to raise money for the next stage of the legal action,” Mr Peters wrote.

“Going to the High Court could cost as much as £25,000.

“Our lawyers Leigh Day, however, believe we have a very strong case.

“Pledges from individuals as well as organisations will all help.

“If we fail to raise these monies, we risk having to stand by and witness the biggest sell-off of local authority assets in UK history.”

Since the campaign launched a month ago, 60 supporters have managed to raise £2,975.

The council have said the scheme will provide 5,000 new homes in the borough, although some council estates will be demolished to make way for them.

As previously reported in the Ham&High, Australian-based developers Lendlease were selected as the council’s partner for the HDV in February.

Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning said: “Growth is at the heart of our ambitions for Haringey and through this joint venture we are planning to create the thousands of new homes and jobs that local people have made it clear they want to see for the borough.

“We have already spoken to thousands of residents about our plans to regenerate Tottenham and Wood Green and will continue to do so.

“Any development carried out by the HDV will follow consultation with local residents and businesses, as well as being subject to the usual planning processes.

“The 50:50 HDV partnership guarantees the council will be involved in all decisions and, crucially, will ensure that a share of all profits will be invested back into other regeneration schemes, affordable housing and funding the many essential services we provide to residents.”

The crowdfunding page can be found here.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Fri, 17:52

Community groups are celebrating after the owners of the “landmark” Alliance pub in West Hampstead had planning permission for extensive remodelling and redevelopment refused.

Fri, 14:09

Twenty-five people, including eleven in Camden, have been charged with drugs offences after two-days of dawn raids in Camden, Islington, Brent and Lambeth.

Fri, 13:32

Sardonic, sarcastic and funny are three of the words that have been used to describe the late-SOAS lecturer and King’s Cross local Prof Lawrence Saez, who died at the beginning of September.

Fri, 12:49

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Thu, 19:01

This year’s Remembrance Day will see a remarkable multi-faith ceremony bring together the Highgate community to remember the horrors of the First World War on the centenary of its conclusion.

Thu, 16:43

Christmas came early for activists in West Hampstead last night after Camden Council refused to grant christmas tree sellers Pines and Needles a licence to trade from Fortune Green.

Thu, 15:00

“Zero-hours” critical care nurses at the Royal Free Trust are facing a pay cut that could set them back thousands of pounds a year, the Ham&High can reveal.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now