The Labour Council plans to transform underused land and tackle Hackney’s housing crisis reached a key milestone in early January when the first of hundreds of new Council homes were given the go ahead.
Plans for 11 high-quality new Council homes at Mandeville Street in Clapton – five for social rent and six for shared ownership – gained unanimous approval from the Council’s Planning Sub-Committee. The homes will replace a row of unused garages long recognised as an eyesore by neighbours, with a new mews street being created.
Proposals to convert a former Council office at Whiston Road in Haggerston into two new Council homes, both for social rent, were also approved.
These developments lead the way in a much bigger new programme of Council housebuilding on underused land, including garages, car parks and depots across Hackney. Over 400 homes will be built at 14 locations, with around 70% for social rent and shared ownership. The Labour council has had to come up with a solution without any funding for social rented housing from the Conservative government; this is all being paid for through the sale of the remaining homes.
This is good news for local people, as the new Council homes will be prioritised for them, with the social rent properties allocated to families from the Council’s 13,000-strong housing waiting list. The shared ownership homes will offer a more affordable route into home ownership for people living and working in Hackney, including the thousands of private renters struggling to afford a deposit for a first home.