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/ 28 February 2013

New Tottenham Hale development partnership

The Diocese of London and Newlon Fusion have agreed a new Community Development Partnership as planning application is submitted for interim community centre.

A new partnership for community development in Tottenham Hale has been signed by the Diocese of London and Newlon Fusion, the Community Regeneration arm of Newlon Housing Trust. The agreement comes as a planning application was submitted for a new interim community centre in Tottenham Hale, situated in premises provided until 2015 at no cost by Newlon Housing Trust.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Ven. Luke Miller, Archdeacon of Hampstead, and Viv Nichols, Chief Officer for Newlon Fusion, underpinning plans to conduct a significant community audit of assets and needs in the Tottenham Hale area. The agreement was signed at Newlon Fusion’s recent ‘Ideas into action’ conference, which explored the issue of youth unemployment in London.

Commenting on the agreement, Fr Luke Miller, Archdeacon of Hampstead, said:

"We are grateful to Newlon Fusion for the support and partnership we have forged at Tottenham Hale. Together, we want to build, not just homes, but a community in which high quality material surroundings coupled with careful thought for the intangible but crucially important things of heart and soul will enable people truly to thrive.

"This is an example of the type of partnership working we model in many different areas so that we can reach out to the needs of our communities."

Under the MOU, the Diocese will work in partnership with Newlon Fusion to conduct an analysis of community needs in Haringey. The audit will build a picture of local demographic profiles, pressing local issues and opportunities to guide community plans and activities. The Diocese will then deliver community development work through local projects. The interim community centre will be an important part of this work and, pending a successful planning process, is expected to open in Spring 2013.

Viv Nichols, Chief Officer for Newlon Fusion, commented:

"Newlon Fusion is extremely excited about the prospect of working with the Diocese in Haringey. Its personalised approach to working in the community strongly reflects our own, whilst the combined efforts of our front line teams can only serve to enhance services and strengthen the influence of residents in developing new initiatives locally."

The two developments are significant milestones in the Diocese’s work to support the community in Tottenham. The Diocese of London signed Heads of Terms in December 2012 with developer Lee Valley Estates for a new community facility and church, right at the heart of the Hale Village regeneration area.

The development is a key strategic initiative for the Diocese of London, who signed a 250 year lease for the project, and will be the first new church presence in a new community in London for 40 years.

Fr Simon Morris of St Mary’s church in Tottenham, added:

"This Memorandum of Understanding highlights our long term commitment to the Tottenham Hale area as it both commissions projects to be carried out over the next few months and commissions research to be used in the future. Our desire is for all residents of Tottenham, regardless of faith, to be happy and fulfilled and we believe that Tottenham can continue to pick itself up post-riots and it is our intention to be a core contributor to that."

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