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  • Who We Are



    Two-thirds of the St Ann’s Hospital site was due to be sold for private housing development, with only 14% of the homes classed as “affordable”. The proposal took no account of the needs of local people at a time of severe housing need.


     StART is a group of Haringey residents and workers who want to see the St Ann’s Hospital site used permanently for the good of all our local communities. We have initiated a community-led and transparent process for a housing development, which puts local people in control while providing genuinely affordable homes, promoting health and wellbeing, and creating a green neighbourhood.


    Earlier in 2018 the GLA purchased the land from the hospital, and we are currently working with the GLA to influence a community-led development on the site.


    For an in-depth overview of our plans for the St Ann’s site, read our Masterplan - Our Vision Takes Shape.

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  • Genuinely Affordable Homes For All

    Planning permission was granted for the St Ann’s site in March 2015 for a housing development with a requirement that only 14% of the homes be “affordable”. Based on the views of the community, we seek to provide a far higher level of truly affordable, secure good quality housing for local people, especially those who otherwise can't afford to stay in Haringey.


    We also want to create a development that retains the site for the benefit of the community by providing other facilities and amenities for local residents. We envision both the housing and facilities being community-led developments that are responsive to the needs of the people who live there.

  • Health

    Inequalities in health, and mental health in particular, are significant in the borough. There is a strong local feeling that more NHS health services should be provided on the St Ann’s site, reflected in our consultation and survey.


    We want health and well-being to be a core principle of our plans. We plan to advocate for the commissioning of NHS services that meet the objectively assessed health needs of local residents that are integrated into the fabric of the redevelopment. We also wish to ensure that any development is sympathetic to the needs of the patients and staff of the hospital.


    We secured funding to complete an initial feasibility study and incorporate as a Community Benefit Society. We will research the feasibility of working in partnership with a mental health supported housing provider who will integrate their services into the overall design for the site.

  • Donate to StART

    We need your help

    The Mental Health Trust who own St. Ann’s want to sell the land by the autumn of 2017. StART, with our team of experts, must put together a credible bid so we are the option the Health Authority choose.


    We need to pay for expert help & regular running costs. We are employing a development manage & solicitors and estimate we need £1,000 a month. We have 10% of this so far, from small monthly sums. If you can give as little as £5 or £2 a month it will help to achieve our goal.


    There are two ways to make regular contributions: by standing order OR by direct debit through paypal's regular payment facility using the "make this recurring" box.


    If you pay by standing order the whole donation comes to StART, if you make a payment through paypal they take approximately 3% in fees, so StART receives about 97% of the donation.


    Most of us can now set up a standing order via internet banking. To do this you will need StART’s bank details, so please email us and we will email them to you as soon as we can


    To make a regular payment through paypal, click on the 'donate' button below.

  • Press coverage

    For press and media coverage, please email publicity@startharingey.co.uk or ring us on 07517 523 395

    Tottenham Independent, Kate Oglesby

    The Guardian, Mattha Busby

    RIBA Journal, Alex Whitcroft

    Time Out, Anna Leach

    24housing, Bill Tanner

    New Economics Foundation Blog, Miranda Hall

    Tottenham Community Press, StART's Directors

    Estates Gazette, Alexander Peace

    The Daily Telegraph, Business Bulletin

    New Economics Foundation, Alice Martin

    Left Foot Forward, Josiah Mortimer

    New Economics Foundation, Seb Klier & Alice Martin

    Good News Shared, Mark O'Loughlin,

    Tottenham Community Press, Tom Vine

  • Get involved

    come along to a meeting - become a member - subscribe to our news email list

    Come along to our next meeting!

    Our fortnightly meetings are a chance to talk about what’s happening with the project and what our plans are. We make decisions as a group, so there is no ‘leader’. If you’d like to get involved you can have an equal say in what we do and how we do it. Meetings take place every other Wednesday and start at 7.30pm. Our normal venue is Chestnuts Community Centre on St Ann's Road, but please check the calendar below in case the venue is different, or email us with any questions. If you'd like to get involved, but aren't able to come along to a meeting. Here's a list of some ways you could help. Or call us on 07517 523 395 with your ideas.

    Subscribe to our mailing list to receive our monthly updates

    Mailchimp is an internet cloud based service offering newsletter and other email list functions. It stores names and email addresses securely and conforms to new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). You may request removal of your details held by StART at any time by clicking 'unsubscribe' or sending a request to info@startharingey.co.uk

    Become a Member

    Membership is open to people who live, work or have a strong connection with Haringey and are 16 or over. Membership costs £1, and you have the option to donate more if you wish. To become a member please fill out our membership form below and pay your £1 membership fee via the PayPal button.


    Organisation membership is also available for local groups, please download the membership form and either email it back to us at info@startharingey.co.uk, or pop it in the post. Use the PayPal button below to submit the £1 fee.


    Download and display a StART poster

    This poster was designed by Lilah Hetherington for our 'StART to Dream' poster challenge in 2017. Click here to print and display in your window to show your support for StART!

  • Events

    We try to hold events for people who don't fancy attending or are unable to attend our many meetings. If you have any suggestions for events, or could help us to organise one, please get in touch!

  • Connect

    As a community led group we value all ideas, opinions and contributions to this project. So if you have any suggestions, or would like to help out in some way, or simply want to stay updated, please get in touch!




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  • Our Members

    Our membership is growing: over 350 local people have become members of StART; below you can see the more than 50 local organisations and businesses who have also become members.

  • Partners and Supporters

    Financial Support

    We are grateful to the following supporters who have made vital financial contributions to StART


    Oak Foundation: have awarded a grant from their Housing and Homelessness fund that will enable us to engage professional expertise and extend the contract of our employee.


    HALA Restaurant: Hala Restaurant is a local Turkish restaurant, serving traditional and contemporary dishes, who have supported StART


    Locality donated a start up grant, which enabled us to begin our exciting work


    Lush donated a grant that helped us get underway


    Sheila McKecknie foundation donated a grant that kept us going


    Tudor Trust have given StART a substantial grant to help us pay for the professional services we need to progress our vision


    Crowdfunding we would like to thank everyone who donated to StART via the crowdfunder, which enabled our architects to draw up the masterplan


    Regular Contributors thanks to many regular contributors we are now receiving over £250 a month in personal donations




    We have had practical support from


    Community Land Trust Network

    Bright Ideas





    Our Supporters

    Rt. Hon. David Lammy (MP for Tottenham) - "I am supportive of the growing role of community land trusts in order to tackle the housing crisis. The new Mayor of London should support community land trusts in accessing affordable capital finance and land to ensure new homes are genuinely affordable for local people now and into the future."


    Rt. Hon. Catherine West (MP for Hornsey and Wood Green) - "I support the community in taking the lead in housing and planning projects, for example through cooperatives and community land trust arrangements. In an era when the Tory government seeks to sell off Local Authority and Housing Association properties, it is time to look at new ways of providing affordable housing."


    Joanne McCartney (Deputy Mayor of London and London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey) - “The need for housing, particularly genuinely affordable housing is one of the important issues that Londoners face. StART is a great example of the community working together to look at alternative ways towards providing genuinely affordable housing for our communities.”


    Sian Berry (General Assembly Member for the Green Party) - “For months I’ve been crisscrossing London arguing in my campaign to be Mayor that the solution to our city’s housing crisis doesn’t lie with the broken model of big developers, but with communities: co-ops, self-builders, local people coming together to plan affordable housing based on their own needs. StART is a perfect example of this kind of initiative and if I’m elected to City Hall in May I’ll do everything I can to support this and community homes projects like it. I believe they are how we can solve the housing crisis in the best way possible.”


    Stephen Hill (Housing Development practitioner, Churchill Fellow) - “From a lifetime’s experience in housing development, it’s clear that the way that the housing market now operates is responsible for many of the problems that citizens experience in terms of affordability, displacement and disruption of their communities, and the recent increases in social and economic inequality. It’s an uncomfortable truth that many in positions of power are unwilling or unable to acknowledge. The problems may seem beyond the ability of local and national politicians to solve, but the evidence from my recent research in the USA, Canada and villages, towns and cities across the UK, is that if citizens and politicians work together, they can achieve what they could never have done on their own. It’s time for councils to work with their citizens as equal partners on redemocratising housing markets. No better place to start than StART, and on what is already the public’s land!”


    Kevin Logan (Maccreanor Lavington architects)


    Peter Burke (A Fairer Society) - "With an ongoing housing crisis, people are taking control of their housing needs. StART Haringey are a fine example of the collective approach. AFS are a collective of Community-Led Housing Professionals. We aim to serve as the developer for projects, or wherever possible support projects in the sector. We are fully behind this wonderful project and will provide time and support wherever needed."


    Home (Tenant Foundation) - "StART is an inspiring project. One that works to empower and support local people to shape their communities and build environments that support their needs; their wellbeing and the betterment of the environment in which they live. It is a project which aims to build community through the collaboration of Person and Space and, by doing so, gives local residents the opportunity to build a neighbourhood which truly serves the people that live there."


    Chris Brown (Chief Executive of Igloo Regeneration) - "Community Land Trusts, and community-led development more widely, achieve much better quality developments, that also deliver much greater benefits to the local community, than speculative development. They manage to make new development popular! As the previous Planning Minister said, ‘Every community should have one!’. StART have the potential to be one of the best."


    Jenny Line (Building and Social Housing Foundation) - "StART is a great example of a local community mobilising to address one of our most challenging problems – a housing market that is failing to provide affordable, decent housing for people who need it. There are fantastic examples of community-led solutions out there that prove it’s possible to do housing differently. It’s great to see more and more people taking this step into making their voices heard and acting to keep their neighbourhoods healthy, thriving, affordable, and socially and economically sustainable."


    Haringey Green Party - The Haringey Green Party recently voted unanimously to support us. We are also supported by Ronald Stewart, The Green Party candidate for Haringey and Enfield in the recent Greater London Assembly elections.


    Henry Dimbleby (Guardian columnist and co-founder of fast-food chain Leon) - "StART is an inspiring initiative. I urge local authorities and government to hear the voices of local people with real vision who not only care deeply about the borough in which they live, but have the energy, organisation and commitment to make affordable housing a reality, not simply a utopia.


    Sona Mahtani (Chief executive, Selby Trust) - "At The Selby Trust, we think the idea of a community land trust is simply brilliant and we support StART's efforts to achieve that fantastic goal in St Ann's. Thankfully we live in a society that acknowledges the power of communities to change lives and work together to achieve the seemingly impossible. It can be done and with enough determination it will be done. StART has the strength and we back it 100%."


    Reverend Paul Nicolson - "Public land is being deliberately and systematically sold off into private ownership in a London housing market, where rents and prices are already unaffordable for Tottenham residents. A Community Land Trust puts the land under the community's control and takes it out of the market, and ever rising price of land, "in perpetuity". Therefore, the rents or leases charged to Tottenham residents are for the cost and maintenance of the buildings, not the ever rising price of land. The investors in the land are paid a regular interest but they can never, never sell it.


    Local families were being priced out of my parish in the Chiltern Hills in the 1990s in just the same way as is happening now in Tottenham. We also created a community land trust so local families can now continue to live in the Chiltern Hills. The St Ann's Community Land Trust is a much needed project here in Tottenham that is gaining committed public support"


    Cal Shaw (Head Teacher, Chestnuts Primary School) - "I have been the Head Teacher at Chestnuts for the last 11 years and in that time I have witnessed the local area (N15) going through significant changes.


    Some of these changes have been positive like the development of our local park and others have been negative such as the inflation of house prices. The local house prices have risen to such an extent that our families and children are being focused to leave the area for more affordable accommodation. Families that we have worked with for many years are being forced out. There is a major shortfall in affordable housing for families to rent and also a massive problem with key worker housing which makes it really hard to recruit and retain staff (they simply cannot afford to live in our local community).


    I would be keen to see the development of the St Ann's Hospital site as an asset for the whole community, with predominately community and key worker housing. I would like to see some retention of open spaces for children to play and explore. I would also like to see accommodation suitable for families so our children can stay in the area and attend their local school"


    Ian Scotchbrook (Head Teacher, South Harringay Junior School) - "At our school we have all become aware of how the demographics of the local area are changing. While changes in a city with London’s dynamic history are to be expected, we have noticed that a significant number of our economically vulnerable families have needed to move away from the area, due to a combination of changes to benefits and the increase in house prices and rent. We feel it a shame that our inclusive area is changing at such a pace, and that our diverse community is being hollowed out. House price increases, and the lack of availability of affordable rental properties, are also having an impact on our staff. It is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit teachers and to retain staff at all levels. We have had several staff report real difficulties in finding decent affordable housing, within commutable distance of our school, and this is forcing them to reconsider their positions. We desperately need more affordable housing in this area if we are to keep our community diverse and inclusive, and to ensure schools and locals services can continue to serve our community well."


    Sanford Housing Co-operative


    As a co-operative we endorse the StART initiative, which dares to think in a scale appropriate to the scale of housing crisis. We encourage everyone to investigate how new housing developments could serve people by implementing a sustainable ownership. Our tenant-members can testify that the community-oriented model is viable and we hope to see it becoming a part of the St. Ann’s hospital redevelopment.


  • About

    This is the web site of St. Ann's Redevelopment Trust Limited

    Model rules

    The objectives of the organisation and responsibilities of members are protected by our model rules. "The objectives of the Society shall be to carry on any business for the benefit of the community by operating as a Community Land Trust in the London Borough of Haringey and in particular the:

    • (a) Business of providing and managing housing (including social housing) and providing assistance to help house people and associated facilities, amenities and services;
    • (b) Promotion of regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation by any means that the Board consider reasonable and will be of benefit;
    • (c) Provision of workspace, buildings and/or land for use on such terms as the Society shall determine;
    • (d) Provision and/or maintenance of a community based shop and/or post office;
    • (e) Provision of such other community resources and activities in the area of benefit carried out for the benefit of the community as the Board shall from time to time determine;
    • (f) Provision, supply and maintenance of renewable forms of energy."

    Our History

    For a number of years Haringey Needs St Ann’s Hospital (HaNSAH) had been campaigning against Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (The Trust) selling of nearly two-thirds of the St Ann’s hospital site for housing arguing that what the people of Haringey really needed was good health care provisions. At the same time Mary Ann Johnson Housing Co-operative (MAJ) were looking for land to build between 12 and 20 homes and a community space to give something back to the local community they had been part of for many years. As a way to support the campaign to save the hospital MAJ applied for the whole site to be registered as an asset of community value. This was approved by Haringey council in December 2014, allowing community groups an extra six months to put together a bid if the site was put up for sale.


    When Haringey Council approved planning permission in July 2015 HaNSAH and MAJ came together to form South Tottenham Community Development Group (STCDG). The idea was that if housing was to be built on the site the best placed people to decide on and run this housing would be local people. We also wanted the site to keep a link to health and wellbeing. STCDG organised a consultation event on 11th July 2015 and at this meeting STCDG properly came into existence.


    Over the next few months we realised we needed to form ourselves into a properly legally defined organisation and decided to change our name to St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART). In March 2016 we formed ourselves into a Community Land Trust and registered as a Community Benefit Society (reg number 7300).

    Contact Us

    You may contact the project at the following email addresses:










    Or if you prefer, please ring us on 07517 523 395, and leave a message if we don't pick up. StART has one part-time worker fielding calls, and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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