Hackney smashes affordable housing target

HACKNEY has smashed ambitious annual targets to build affordable housing in the borough.

The Council was set the challenge of building 543 new homes in the last financial year 08/09, but forged ahead and oversaw the construction of 800.

Around 350 of these new affordable homes were for social renting, 53 per cent of which have three or more bedrooms, for families.

These latest figures reinforce an upward trend, showing the Council has exceeded targets set by the Greater London Authority for new affordable housing since 2001.

Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, said: “The borough needs more homes, and certainly more family homes, so this is good news.

“The Council is committed to a large-scale social rented housing programme for family homes, and this is a clear indication that we are continuing to deliver.”

Hackney works in partnership with housing associations, which build new developments at sites across the borough, including affordable and social rented homes for residents in priority need on the Council s waiting list.

High-profile projects have included Cordwainer House, in southern Hackney, completed by Metropolitan Housing Group, with over 60 per cent of social rented homes designed for families with several bedrooms.

Hackney was also one of the first local authorities to receive Homes & Communities Agency funding, with £16million to kick-start social housing construction at Woodberry Down, in the north of the borough.