Plans to create a new high-quality town centre in Seven Sisters moved a step closer last night after Haringey Council agreed to acquire land held by property developer Grainger.
The Wards Corner site has long been identified by the council as it plays a crucial role in supporting the communities of Seven Sisters, including the well-known Latin Village market which attracts thousands of visitors and is one of the most well-known sites in London.
For the council to develop a new vision for the area that fits in with their priorities to deliver new council homes alongside a retail offer to support local jobs, they are looking to assemble land, largely in Grainger’s ownership.
The acquisitions will now put the council in a unique position to implement a new council-led delivery approach for the Wards Corner site that aligns with its priorities for housing, economy, place and community wealth building and complements Transport for London’s (TfL) plans for Seven Sisters Market (SSM).
Cllr Ruth Gordon, Cabinet Member for Council House Building, Placemaking and Development, said: “I’m looking forward to working alongside members of the community in Seven Sisters to develop and co-design plans for this culturally rich corner of our borough.
“For the first time in almost 20 years, there is a real opportunity for us to consider a new council led delivery approach that is closer in line with the new Haringey Deal and placemaking ambitions.
“We will seek to engage and work with residents, businesses and local partners on a new design that compliments the neighbouring TfL community led market.
“The council is only one part of the solution here. We will need to work with TfL, owners of the Seven Sisters Market who are working on long term plans to re-provide the Market with the Latin Village at its heart.
“However, the council is uniquely placed to finally deliver a renewed high-quality town centre in Seven Sisters.”