Clapton boiler house makes way for new Council homes
The demolition of a long disused boiler house in Clapton to make way for genuinely affordable homes as part of Hackney Council’s housebuilding programme has started.
The removal of the building on Pedro Street in Clapton Park will allow 26 new Council homes to be built, all for social rent or shared ownership and prioritised for local people.
The site is one of more than 20 that will provide almost 2,000 new Council homes between 2018 and 2022 - and one of the first in a new push to transform underused Council land such as garages, car parks and depots with much needed housing. More than half of these will be for social rent and shared ownership, with the remaining homes for outright sale to help pay for them.
The Pedro Street development will replace the building with a mix of family-sized and smaller homes that meet the local need in the area, as well as an improved public space linking the homes to Gilpin Square.
The social rent homes will be prioritised for people already living close to Pedro Street who are on the Council’s housing waiting list, such as families in overcrowded accommodation or who need a new home for health reasons. The shared ownership homes will offer a more affordable route into home ownership for people living and working in Hackney.
This empty boiler house has long been derelict, and these new Council homes will put local people first and help improve the area as a whole.
The Council’s Housing Strategy sets out the need for more genuinely affordable Council homes to meet demand, and this project will help us deliver on that ambition.