Hackney,
29
July
2016
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16:00
Europe/London

Regeneration of iconic Nightingale Estate moves a step closer to completion

Landmark plans to build 400 modern, high-quality homes to replace derelict land on a Clapton housing estate are set to be submitted by Hackney Council as part of its ambitious regeneration programme.

The proposals for the Nightingale Estate would see a two-hectare area of vacant land transformed into a mix of homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale following years of detailed consultation with local residents.

Marking the final stage of the regeneration of the estate, the £200 million scheme would join more than 300 affordable homes already built by award-winning housing association Southern Housing Trust – along with nearly 400 more refurbished Council homes.

Other highlights include improvements to public spaces across the estate, with new trees, lighting and playgrounds, as well as a new community centre, café and retail space.

The project forms part of the Council’s estate regeneration programme, which is one of the UK’s biggest and will see nearly 3,000 new homes on 18 estates – replacing old Council homes that are uneconomical to repair. This unique self-funding programme will see at least half of the new homes built be for genuinely affordable social rent and for shared ownership – with some homes for outright sale to help pay for them in the absence of any Government funding.

Cllr Philip Glanville, Deputy Mayor
I’m delighted to see this fantastic regeneration of Nightingale move a step closer – helping to deliver the new generation of genuinely affordable housing Hackney needs.

We’ve worked closely with local people for the last few years to put their ambitions at the heart of our designs – including providing homes for social rent – and I’m pleased so many residents have backed these plans.

Our ambitious regeneration programme will build thousands of new homes across Hackney to ease the capital’s housing crisis – with more than half of them genuinely affordable for local families.

I’m proud that Hackney is building more social housing than any other borough in London, and money from some of the homes for outright sale at this development will help pay for new council housing elsewhere in our borough.
Cllr Philip Glanville, Deputy Mayor

The Council has submitted the scheme to Hackney’s independent Planning Authority, with construction set to begin late next year subject to permission being granted.

The long-term scheme saw five Council tower blocks demolished to make way for the new homes. In total, the regeneration of the estate will have delivered more than 750 new homes when complete.