Housing association Catalyst has kicked off community engagement for the major redevelopment adjacent to the St Ann’s hospital site in Tottenham with the launch of a new community engagement website.

Catalyst will also send a printed copy of the consultation with a freepost envelope to addresses directly around the site and meet with local community groups. When Covid-19 restrictions allow, the team will run pop-ups and knock on doors in the local area to begin meeting local people face to face.

The first consultation, now live on the website, is to design a Community Engagement Strategy in partnership with the local community. This will set out the aspects of the design that the community will get involved in; how Catalyst will work with local people, and how they will keep people up to date on the project. Catalyst want to hear from people about what they’d like to be involved in, how they’d like to take part, and how they’d like to hear from the project team. The first stage of this consultation will close on 12 March; after that, Catalyst will use what they’ve learnt from the community to draft an Engagement Strategy and publish it for comment.

Later in the year, Catalyst will launch community engagement on the proposals for the first planning application, and on meanwhile uses for the community spaces on the site. Consultation and engagement with the local community will continue throughout the life of the project and people are encouraged to have their say.

Catalyst’s current plans for the site involve building circa 930 homes, a community-led organisation will have an option on 50 homes on the site, enabling local people to own some of the homes and making St Ann’s one of the largest community-led housing schemes in London.

Engaging and empowering the existing local community has been a cornerstone of the Mayor’s and Catalyst’s plans for St Ann’s. Catalyst will be working closely with local people, community groups and other stakeholders to develop their plans.

A dedicated St Ann’s Social Investment Fund will be established, overseen by residents and people living locally, and long-term community space will be made available on the site. Local residents will be prioritised for homes on the site, and Catalyst will provide initiatives to help local people get on the housing market.

Steve Skuse, Land & Partnerships Director at Catalyst said: “We are really keen to start working with the local community in St Ann’s so we can understand what they want to see in this development. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to deliver hundreds of new affordable housing for local people and create an entirely new neighbourhood in this part of Haringey.”