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.