Haringey Labour councillors this week voted unanimously to adopt the borough’s controversial Unitary Development Plan, despite heartfelt speeches from local residents and the concerns of Lib Dem Councillors.

Cllr Bob Hare said:

“This is a flawed UDP.While we won a late commitment to review the Housing Chapter, we will be pressing the council to ensure that that work on the housing review begins as soon as possible, and will be playing our part to support all those in the borough who have campaigned and worked on these issues.”

Lib Dem Planning Spokesperson Cllr Jonathan Bloch added:

“This decision leaves the borough operating its planning with a flawed UDP, and exposes us to a greater risk of high developments and shoddy tower blocks with poor infrastructure.The reviews of Open Space and Housing will take up to two years to become fully effective. That’s why work on the reviews must start as soon as possible, so that the borough’s planning can start to use the revisions.”