New homes for Hackney

PLANS for more than 400 new homes in Hackney have been approved as part of Council programmes to regenerate the borough’s housing estates.  

The regeneration of Bridge House and Marian Court received planning permission last night (7 November), to demolish the current blocks of 135 homes and instead provide 194, including for social renting and shared ownership, family-sized homes, retail space and a new community centre. A developer partner is currently being sought by the Council, while tenants are being re-housed locally with the right to return to a new home when the development is complete.

The second phase of the regeneration of the Colville Estate received planning permission last night (7 November), to provide 113 homes for social renting, 34 for shared ownership, and 62 for private sale, as well as a community centre, retail space, and landscaping including a play area. Tenants are being re-housed locally, with the right to return to a new home at Colville, and a developer partner is in the process of being procured.

Cllr Karen Alcock, Deputy Mayor of Hackney, said: “This is good news and another step forward for the Council’s pledge to provide modern homes and community facilities for residents. I would also like to thank the residents of the Six Estates Steering Group, and the Colville Estate Tenants and Residents Association for helping make the regeneration of where they live possible.”

The redevelopment of Ottaway Court and Rendlesham House were the first stages of the Six Estates regeneration programme to be completed. These blocks were demolished and a total of 73 new homes for social renting were built by the Council at the sites, now re-named by the Six Estates Steering Group as Dunnock Mews and Goldcrest Mews. The developments were co-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Hackney Council. A total of 107 new Council homes are also nearing completion at the site of the former Alexandra National House, by Finsbury Park, and also at the site of former garages at Bridge House.

The overall masterplan for the regeneration of the Colville Estate was approved in July 2011 by the Council’s planning sub-committee. Detailed design work for the second phase was prepared by Karakusevic Carson Architects, and a petition in support, featuring the signatures of 248 residents, was submitted to last night’s meeting on behalf of the Colville Estate Tenants and Residents Association (CETRA).

The regeneration of the Colville Estate involves the phased demolition of over 400 existing homes and the delivery of 935 new ones for social renting, shared ownership and private sale, including six retained homes; as well as new shops; children’s play facilities; a new community centre; shared open space; balconies and private gardens.

For the third phase, a process to procure the services of an architect is nearing completion.  

Notes for editors

Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)
The Homes and Communities Agency is the single, national housing and regeneration agency for England. Our role is to create opportunity for people to live in high quality, sustainable places. We provide funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and improve quality life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.