Dave Hill | The Guardian: Regeneration – or pushing out the poor? Labour divides in bitter housing battle

The fierce opposition to Haringey council’s regeneration deal goes to the heart of a national debate – and tests Corbyn’s party

Big city redevelopments often divide opinion. But few have done so in such a fierce and symbolic way – or been watched as closely by other communities grappling with housing shortages and gentrification – as the plans put forward by one London council to rejuvenate some of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

The north London borough of Haringey’s is planning to form a joint venture company with an international property developer, and commit tens of millions of pounds’ worth of its land and buildings – including a housing estate close to Tottenham Hotspur football club, and its own civic centre – to a massive transformation programme. This has opened a new frontier in the already fraught debate about the capital’s regeneration, and sharpened divisions in local Labour politics that mirror the wider struggles over what the party should stand for.

Related: Jeremy Corbyn’s bold pledges will halt social cleansing of estates | Dawn Foster

Related: A Labour council attacking its own people? This is regeneration gone bad | Aditya Chakrabortty

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via Dave Hill | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/29/gentrification-pushing-out-the-poor-haringey-council-housing-battle-corbyn-labour

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