Council consultations over huge redevelopment plans have come under fire for not being advertised widely enough which has left people unaware they are even happening.

Haringey Council are currently consulting over the Local Plan – their dedicated plan that sets the rules for how the area should develop over time.

However, it has been criticised for not holding consultation meetings at times when people are able to attend, resulting in poor turnout at meetings.

The council said they have added three extra evening sessions so that those unable to get to the daytime meetings will be able to give their opinions.

There have also been complaints about a lack of paper copies of the report, with most having to view the plans online.

Sue Penny from Tottenham said: “Local residents are concerned that this important consultation has not been sufficiently advertised. The drop-in sessions are all during the day with none after 7pm. I attended the drop-in session on January 18 at St Ann's library and only five people attended in all.

“Since then I have also attended a meeting of Dowsett Road Residents Association and Friends of Down Lane Park where Matthew Paterson, a senior planning policy officer answered questions from residents. This was attended by some 30 residents and one councillor, far more people than the Council organised drop-in session.

“We complained about not being able to get paper copies of the 4 documents and Mr Paterson provided one set for the residents association. He agreed it is difficult to examine these large documents online.

A Haringey Council spokesman said: “Our Local Plan will help put the right planning rules in place to tackle residents’ priorities for Haringey’s future, and we want to hear from as many people as possible about our ideas.

“That’s why we’ve written to more than 9,500 affected households and businesses to urge them to take part and organised a dozen drop-in sessions across the borough – as well as promoting the consultation through local media, Haringey People and online.

“Paper copies of the documents are available on short-term loan from libraries, and we’ve added three evening drop-in sessions to enable even more people to have their say. We’ll continue to promote ways for people to get involved.”