First look at new homes in Council plans to transform under-used land

Proposals for the first new homes in Hackney Council’s innovative programme to transform underused Council-owned land into housing for local people have been revealed, showing designs for 39 new homes on two sites in Clapton. 

The developments are the first phase of the Council’s Housing Supply Programme, which will see hundreds of new homes to help tackle Hackney’s housing crisis built on empty or underused sites such as garages, car parks and depots. The programme initially includes nearly 500 homes proposed across 14 sites, with around 70% for social rent or shared ownership.

The first proposals will see a new street with 11 homes, five for social rent and the remainder for shared ownership, replacing empty garages at Mandeville Street. At a second site at Pedro Street, 28 homes are proposed to replace a disused boiler house on Gilpin Square, with 13 for social rent and 15 for shared ownership.

All the new homes at Mandeville Street and Pedro Street will be prioritised for Hackney residents, with the social rent properties available to those on the Council’s housing waiting list and the shared ownership properties offering a more affordable route into home ownership for people living and working in the borough.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
With 13,000 households on our housing waiting list and around 3,000 households in temporary accommodation, we are absolutely committed to making the best use of all Council-owned land and doing everything we can to provide homes for local people.

These smaller sites have given us the opportunity to work with some fantastic architect practices who, in collaboration with the local community, have come up with designs that both provide high quality, genuinely affordable homes and make a fantastic contribution to their neighbourhoods.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Planning applications for the two sets of proposals will be submitted later today.

The new homes in the Housing Supply Programme contribute to almost 9,000 new homes being delivered by Hackney Council, including through the partnership at Woodberry Down and its ambitious Estate Regeneration Programme.