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Legal challenge over Haringey's joint venture fails

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Haringey LBC has welcomed a high court decision to refuse a bid to block the borough’s proposed public-private regeneration vehicle.

Campaigners opposed to the plan, which would see Haringey and developer Lendlease share a 50% stake in regeneration projects, had sought a judicial review of the cabinet’s decision in July last year to confirm the company as a partner and the structure of the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV).

They argued a limited liability partnership could not be established as the vehicle was for commercial purposes, the council had failed to properly consult and abide by equalities duties, and the decision must be made by full council.

Mr Justice Ouseley refused a judicial review on all grounds.

Council leader Claire Kober (Lab) announced last week she was standing down as Haringey leader and said she would leave the final decision on the HDV to her successor.

A number of Labour councillors who supported the HDV have been de-selected or chose to stand down. 

In a statement, Haringey said establishing the HDV remains the council’s agreed approach and Lendlease remains the preferred partner for “providing much needed homes and jobs”.

It added: “The partnership will enable us to build 6,400 new homes and create thousands of new jobs, as well as delivering a wide-ranging programme of community projects - such as re-built state-of-the-art schools; new parks and open spaces; training and apprenticeships, and health and wellbeing projects - that will enable everyone in Haringey to take advantage of all the opportunities this could bring.

“Whilst we are very pleased that the court has supported the council’s position, we are still working on the basis that the final decision to establish the HDV will be taken by a future administration.”

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