New social housing and green spaces for Woodberry Down
90 new social rent homes, a brand new public square and an overall increase of 60 trees are included in the latest revised plans for the Woodberry Down estate being presented to the local community this month.
The changes – put forward by Berkeley Homes alongside the Woodberry Down regeneration delivery partners Hackney Council and Notting Hill Genesis – are the final draft proposals for the latest stage of the regeneration of the estate. These have been informed by extensive input from the residents group the Woodberry Down Community Organisation and shaped by the views of hundreds of local people over more than a year.
The new social rent homes will add to the more than 600 already completed or under construction as part of the Council’s commitment to delivering a brand new, permanent home for every Council tenant at Woodberry Down.
Also included are around 140 trees – 60 more than currently on the site, with the updated proposals increasing the number of existing trees retained, after feedback from residents. This is on top of 1,000 cycle spaces among a series of play streets, pocket parks and a podium garden in order to create welcoming open spaces, promote biodiversity and encourage sustainable transport use.
A new public square on the corner of Woodberry Grove and Woodberry Down will also provide new commercial and community spaces, with the Council exploring in detail opportunities for a new public library.
Our commitment at Woodberry Down has always been to provide a modern, fit-for-purpose new social rented home for every permanent Council tenant on the estate – replacing outdated buildings that sadly no longer meet modern standards. With more than 500 social rent homes already built and 117 more under construction, these latest plans show that we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.
But it’s about more than new homes – we’re working with the regeneration partners at Woodberry Down to create biodiverse green spaces, inclusive public spaces and community infrastructure for the future. Input now from local people will ensure we get these plans right and it’s been interesting to take part in those discussions and listen to those who have already taken part.
Woodberry Down is one of Europe’s biggest single-site estate regeneration projects, and is led by a partnership of Hackney Council, Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis, Woodberry Down Community Organisation and the Manor House Development Trust. Since 2009 over 2,000 new homes have been built at Woodberry Down as well as a new secondary school, community facilities, new parks, youth hub and the reopening of the stunning Woodberry Wetlands.
Earlier this year, work began on the transformation of the Woodberry Down Children’s Centre, while plans are being progressed for a brand new community space at the heart of the estate and discussions are taking place with residents who will be moving to the next phase of new homes.
Find out more information about the Phase 4 plans online or attend one of the following public exhibition events:
- Saturday 12 November 2022 at the Rose Garden (Woodberry Grove, N4 2SB), between 11am and 2pm
- Thursday 17 November 2022 at the Rose Garden (Woodberry Grove, N4 2SB), between 3pm and 7pm
- Tuesday 22 November 2022 at Rowley Gardens (N4 1HH), between 3pm and 7pm.