But in many quarters of the anti-HDV movement is a more radical pitch; a hope that Haringey’s new administration would not only end this project, but provide a newer, more rebellious and more participatory model of local government in an age of austerity.
For some months the Labour left have been suggesting a council-owned development
vehicle instead of a partnership. Campaigners have cited neighbouring Islington, who on some schemes have outsourced building but not planning and land, and added that Haringey’s lower housing density is an advantage.
Another veteran local councillor points out to me that Haringey has access to more cash for housing than other boroughs; a council strategy document indicates there will be £49m in borrowing headroom available on the ring-fenced Housing Revenue Account
this financial year.”