About The Project
The Selby Centre is a large community hub based in a former secondary school in north Tottenham and is managed by the Selby Trust. The centre is home to over 100 diverse social action organisations delivery significant social impact to communities across the borough.
A New Selby Urban Village
Both the council and the Selby Trust recognise the site that the Selby Centre sits on could be better used and that the existing building is not fit for purpose. Haringey Council and The Selby Trust are working in partnership to re-develop the centre and the land around it to create a new ‘Selby Urban Village.’
In March 2019 Haringey Council and the Selby Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU sets out joint aspirations and agreed ways of working between the partners to ensure the successful re-provision and development of the Selby site.
The community focused scheme will provide a new high-quality Selby Centre, affordable housing for Haringey residents and improved sports facilities on Bull Lane.
Together, Haringey Council and the Selby Trust have developed a number of shared project objectives to guide proposals. These are:
Build around 200 much needed new homes for Haringey and for London with at least 50% being council homes at council rents.
Create a new modern, future proof home for the Selby Centre for the centre and the organisations that operate from there.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Deliver high quality accessible and affordable sports and recreational facilities on Bull Lane playing fields. Make it a better-used green space, improve its ecology and improve local connections with new foot and cycle routes.
The project will be sustainable both environmentally and financially. The scheme will be green, clean, use sustainable materials and reuse and recycle existing materials wherever possible and bring forward a Selby Centre that is affordable to run.
Meet The Team
Haringey is our home, and we are proud of it. We are ambitious for Haringey’s future and have great ambitions for the people who live here.
The council are committed to the collaborative re—development of the council owned Selby site. Working in partnership with the Selby Centre as well as the existing local residents and community we will ensure this best serves the local neighbourhood by providing; new, much needed housing, improved community provisions, as well as space for businesses to thrive and recreation areas where local people can feel safe and proud of where they live.
We are committed to addressing the disparities within our borough and will ensure we create a fairer and more equal community. Any new development must be more than shiny new buildings, it must bring new opportunities for local people and ensure the existing community can participate and benefit from the investment in their neighbourhood.
We are eager to work with partners who share our vision; to collectively, with local people, improve our borough in a way that ensures our whole community not only can live a good life, but thrive.
The project is led by Haringey council with the Selby Trust as a key partner and joint decision maker.
The Selby Trust
Selby Trust forms part of a community building called the Selby Centre. It has the third-largest concentration of employment in Tottenham. It has been over 25 years since the Selby Trust is set up by local people to prevent the Centre's closure. Since then, it is operating as a multi-purpose community and social enterprise centre. We have a long history of welcoming, engaging and supporting refugees and migrants in Tottenham from diverse communities, which enable us to engage with and support a wide range of people.
In 2018/19 we supported 130+ grassroots community-led groups as start-up social enterprises, we brought together over 150,000 individuals primarily from BME, refugee and other historically excluded community, and attracted 260 volunteers from 9 corporate firms.
We are excited to be part of this project and if you would like to find out more about the Selby Centre and our services and activities please visit our website.
Karakusevic Carson Architects
This project will not be a success without you, the community getting involved. We need your input to make sure the new Selby Centre, improved Bull Lane playing fields and housing meets the community’s needs.
Karakusevic Carson Architects are specialists at the forefront of a new era of public housing design and local authority led projects.
A design and strategy led practice, we formed with the sole intent to improve the quality and design of public housing and civic buildings in the UK. Over the past 20 years, we have worked closely with residents and local communities through in-depth engagement to create homes and neighbourhoods which reflect the needs and aspirations of local people.
We have significant experience working on projects with multiple stakeholders, and for Selby Urban Village, are leading a multi-disciplinary team including Graeme Sutherland Landscape Architects, the Means and the London Wildlife Trust to create a sustainable and beneficial new neighbourhood for Haringey.
Indicative Project Timeline
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on all our lives. At this challenging time, the strength of the community has shown us that if we all stick together, we can get through it. We, the Council and project team, are still committed to Selby Urban Village, however changes to the way we can work and engage has impacted timelines. Community participation is still very much at the heart of this project and integral to its future success.
Over the coming months, we will be figuring out the best way to work together and engage with the local community whilst keeping everyone safe. During these uncertain times, events may need to be changed at the last minute. To keep up to date on all upcoming events and the latest news, please subscribe to our mailing list so we can keep you in the loop.