CAZENOVE ward Labour councillors have managed to secure 22 brand new social homes in a housing development in their ward, working with the residents of Northwold Estate.
Councillors Anthony McMahon, Cllr Sam Pallis, Cllr Caroline Woodley say: “The initial plan presented to us by Guinness contained no social rent units. We asked them to go back to the drawing board and are grateful that they did.
“We welcome the fact that after numerous months of negotiation Guinness will be providing 22 new social rent units, and we know that this change in approach would not have been possible without the proactive engagement of the residents of Northwold Estate.”
Cllrs Pallis, Woodley and McMahon
They added: “We stood on a manifesto that committed to delivering new social housing across the borough, and in Cazenove our ward pledges place resident engagement firmly at the core of what we do.
“The Save Northwold Campaign showed us just how effective community organising can be and we will continue to champion residents’ concerns.”
On Wednesday 6th November the Hackney Council planning sub-committee approved the application by Guinness to build 73 homes on Northwold Estate, with 22 new social rent units and a new community centre.
The Cazenove ward councillors acknowledged in an open letter to estate residents that this has been a long process and thanked everyone who fought against large-scale demolition and opted for an infill option that would better suit the community.
In response to the open letter, Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville said, “It’s been great to join Cazenove Labour in this campaign for genuine social housing on Northwold; as activists Sam Pallis, Caroline Woodley and Anthony McMahon, started this work way before they became councillors and have always been fighting this cause. So pleased it’s had such a positive result.”
The Cazenove councillors insisted that any new development would have to contribute towards much needed genuinely affordable housing in Hackney, where more than 13,000 people are on the housing register and 3,000 are in temporary accommodation.
Now that the planning application has been passed the ward councillors will be closely monitoring the development.
Recognising that residents have many ongoing concerns about the management of the estate and access to the repairs and maintenance teams, they will be looking to hold a residents’ meeting with Guinness to discuss ways of working more closely with Tenant and Resident Associations and ensuring that concerns are heard.
See also the Hackney Gazette report –