Opposition is building to the proposed 21 storey towers at Hale Wharf, the riverside site at Tottenham Hale, proposed by Muse developers, the development partner of the Canal and River Trust which owns the site.
150 objections have now been submitted, one of the latest being from London’s deputy mayor and local London Assembly member Joanne McCartney. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is due to give his views on 17 August, and Haringey will probably decide the application in October.
Most people in the area accept that there will be tall buildings around Tottenham Hale station. But they oppose this proposal which will dominate the River Lea, the Lee Valley Park and the new Walthamstow Wetlands reserve. Haringey’s own policy says tall buildings should taper down away from the centres like the station – not get twice as high. There are also concerns that it provides no affordable housing in the towers, and at most 9% altogether if the second phase goes ahead.
“This proposal is too tall, badly designed, in the wrong place, and is not the housing mix that Haringey needs. It will destroy the atmosphere of the river and marshes” said Nicola Braggins, a local resident.
“The design is not in keeping with the area. It is designed to reflect industrial mill buildings typical of Lancashire. That has nothing to do with this part of the Lee, which has been characterised by low buildings. It is a poor design. It is uniform and uninteresting, and presents a dull wall to the river and to the reservoirs” said James Wheeler, a nearby boat dweller.
Objections have been submitted by many local organisations including
Tottenham Civic Society, Tottenham & Wood Green Friends of the Earth, Living Under One Sun, Friends of Tottenham Marshes, Stonebridge Boaters.
Photo shows view of the Lock as it is today.