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Sadiq Khan visits Hackney to see first-hand how we are building new Council Homes

20160127_112558_(1).jpgLondon Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, visited the Kings Crescent estate in Hackney on 27th January, to see where Hackney’s Labour Council and local residents are leading a regeneration of the estate. It is the only scheme in London to combine the refurbishment of existing Council homes with the construction of new Council homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale. This is all without external Government or GLA funding.

London Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, visited the Kings Crescent estate in Hackney on 27th January, to see where Hackney’s Labour Council and local residents are leading a regeneration of the estate. It is the only scheme in London to combine the refurbishment of existing Council homes with the construction of new Council homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale. This is all without external Government or GLA funding.

At Kings Crescent, Hackney Council, in partnership with Higgins Construction, in two phases is increasing the number of Council homes for social renting from 195 to 275, as well as providing 115 new homes for shared ownership and 376 homes for private sale to help pay for them. There will also be new shops and a community centre.

Kings Crescent forms part of Hackney Labour’s 2014 manifesto commitment to build 3,000 new homes, of which half will be for rent and shared ownership. More than 600 of these affordable homes will be developed directly by the Council. The overall decade long borough-wide regeneration programme seeks to directly deliver 2,760 homes across several estates and small sites.

Sadiq Khan, was accompanied on his visit by Cllr Philip Glanville, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Housing, representatives from Higgins Construction, local Labour Councillor Claire Potter and Kings Crescent residents employed on site.

During the visit, Mr Khan was shown up to the sixth floor of one of the partially-completed new build blocks, with a bird’s eye view of construction work and the refurbishment of existing Council homes.

Cllr Glanville said: “Kings Crescent is one of the biggest housing regeneration projects in Hackney and I was delighted that Sadiq Khan could meet local residents and see this exciting Labour led project first-hand. By the time it is finished, we will have delivered 490 new homes for local people and refurbished all existing Council homes to beyond the Decent Homes standard, all in the absence of current government funding.”

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