New homes for Hoxton as latest Council development starts
Dozens of new family homes for local people moved a step closer after work started on the latest phase of Hackney Council’s ambitious regeneration programme.
Construction at St Leonard’s Court, on New North Road, will take place over the next two years and see 15 new Council homes for social rent and eight for shared ownership, alongside homes for outright sale to help pay for them in the absence of any government funding.
The project is part of the Council’s Estate Regeneration Programme, which will see around 3,000 new Council homes built across 18 sites, with more than half for social rent or shared ownership.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville joined local councillors, residents and staff from Countryside Properties, who are building the new homes, to see construction get underway.
It’s fantastic to see another Council housebuilding project get underway, bringing much-needed new homes for local people desperately in need of a genuinely affordable place to live.
With nearly 13,000 families on our housing waiting list and 3,000 of them in temporary accommodation like hostels and B&Bs, I’ve been personally involved in this project since 2006, and I am proud that across Hackney we are building the new Council housing our borough needs.
The new, high-quality homes will replace original outdated bedsits that no longer met modern standards. They will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes better matching the need for family-sized housing in the area.
Homes for social rent would be prioritised for those most in need on the Council’s housing waiting list, while shared ownership properties and homes for outright sale will be marketed to people living and working in Hackney. One family who were leaseholders in the former block will return to a new home.
Construction of the 71 homes is set to be completed in 2020.