Haringey Council has been accused of wanting to kick small businesses off an industrial estate to serve the interests of “big conglomerates”.

Faruk Tepeyurt, chairman of the board of directors at Peacock Industrial Estate in Tottenham, claims the council wants to move businesses out and use their land for high-density housing as part of a major regeneration scheme.

Speaking at a meeting of Haringey’s planning committee on Monday (October 8), Mr Tepeyurt said firms on the industrial estate backed the council’s High Road West masterplan.

But he accused the council of ignoring their wishes to remain on the estate.

Mr Tepeyurt said: “You are a Labour Party, claiming to be a socialist party. I am a Labour Party member, and you are supposed to be protecting the interests of micro-businesses and small businesses – not the interests of big conglomerates.

“We welcome the regeneration, but we don’t want the regeneration at our expense.”

He claimed that when the High Road West masterplan came out, businesses on the estate were surprised to find their freehold land and industrial units had been designated ‘communal square’.

Mr Tepeyurt said this meant the council would be able to buy them out at a subsidised rate – “kick us out, basically”.

He spoke out as councillors considered an application from Tottenham Hotspur FC to develop land neighbouring the industrial estate into housing and commercial space.

The land is currently being used as a goods yard to store material for the construction of the new stadium in High Road.

Mr Tepeyurt called on the football club to build a boundary wall to separate the sites and ensure firms could still access the industrial estate.

He also asked for an assurance that the club would not seek a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to build on their estate.

Richard Serra, head of planning at Tottenham Hotspur, said the club was willing to consider a boundary wall between the sites and denied there were any plans for a CPO.

At the meeting, councillors were asked to back planning officers’ recommendations to refuse the football club’s plans.

Officers gave a range of reasons for rejecting the proposals, including a failure to reprovide social housing.

While councillors overwhelmingly voted to back the officers’ decision, the application is currently out of the council’s hands.

It was referred to the Planning Inspectorate after the council failed to make a planning decision during the 16-week period set out by the Government.

The Planning Inspectorate is expected to make a decision on the site in May 2019.