From old garages to new Council homes – work on homes for Hoxton families gets underway
Nearly 50 families in Hoxton will benefit from a brand new Council home after work to transform derelict garages into high-quality social housing got underway this week.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville joined councillors from the Hoxton West ward on site at Buckland Street and Wimbourne Street as demolition got underway to remove disused garages to build more than 100 new homes.
These include 44 Council social rent homes – paid for in the absence of government funding by selling some homes outright – and 25 shared ownership homes prioritised for people living and working in Hackney
The designs were shaped by local residents during more than two years of consultation, with local Council tenants given first dibs on the new Council homes where their current home doesn’t meet their needs, for example due to overcrowding or medical reasons.
Both projects will also include a big investment in improved public spaces and facilities, including two new children’s play areas and a new ball court.
Since launching our innovative, not-for-profit Council housebuilding programme over 10 years ago, we’ve led the way in delivering high-quality Council housing in Hackney – a model we’re now seeing followed by councils across London.
And this latest milestone shows that Hackney is still building even in tough times – putting local people first, making the best use of underused Council land, and overcoming the government’s continued failure to invest in social housing.
Bringing this programme home, to the ward and community I used to represent as a councillor means a huge amount to me, the community and local councillors. These plans have been shaped by local people in Hoxton, who will also be the first to benefit from these desperately needed homes.
These homes will add to the more than 1,500 homes started or completed by the Council since May 2018. More than half the homes the Council builds are for genuinely affordable Council social rent, shared ownership or Hackney Living Rent.
Find out more at: https://hackney.gov.uk/hoxton-west