Helping others to build

As well as building homes directly, we also help housing associations and other providers to build new homes – whether through the 5,500-home regeneration of the Woodberry Down Estate, or through grants made up of money from homes sold under Right to Buy to help make smaller schemes more affordable.

Since 2011, more than 1,500 homes have been completed at Woodberry Down – with more than half for social rent and shared ownership. We predict another 900 homes will be built there, or by providing grants for schemes elsewhere, between 2018 and 2022.

Woodberry Down

Woodberry Down is one of Europe’s biggest single-site estate regeneration projects, and is led by a partnership of Hackney Council, Berkeley HomesNotting Hill GenesisWoodberry Down Community Organisation and the Manor House Development Trust.

Over 20 years, the estate will be completely redeveloped to provide more than 5,500 new homes, community facilities and better public spaces.

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Woodberry Down District Heat Network

At the WDCO board meeting in April 2021, a presentation was made by Expedition Engineering on the design of the energy centre proposed on phase 3 and an update on the proposals for the site-wide District Heat Network.

If you have any further questions or queries please contact Nicola Hudson:

Mayor of Hackney’s housing challenge

Cash from sales under Right to Buy – the Government’s policy of allowing council tenants to buy their home at a discount – is usually reinvested in Council housebuilding programmes wherever possible.

But arbitrary restrictions placed on local authorities by ministers mean the money must be spent within three years of a sale and can only pay for 30% of a new home – leaving councils to fund the remainder of the cost. Often this makes it very difficult for councils to spend the money in reality, and after three years the government takes it off them, along with an interest charge, to use for itself.

To try and ensure this money actually benefits Hackney residents, the Mayor of Hackney’s housing challenge will make funds available to housing associations to deliver homes for social rent and living rent by March 2020, instead of being forced to hand it back to the government.

We’re offering grant funding to competent and capable registered providers to build new homes to meet the needs of the Hackney community. We predict this programme will help make nearly 150 homes more affordable, including:

There’s currently £16 million of funding for schemes to be delivered between September 2018 and March 2020, with funding available for up to 30% of the total cost of a scheme.

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Community Land Trust challenge

The Council is developing plans to make land available for new housing developments by community land trusts (CLTs) – non-profit, open membership organisations that can deliver their own genuinely affordable homes.

Supporting CLTs can complement the Council’s own house building programme by making sites available that might not be suitable for direct development by the Council.

This will help make the most of every opportunity to tackle the housing shortage, provide more genuinely affordable new homes to meet the local need, and deliver the long term benefits that come from community ownership and stewardship of the new developments.

We’re hopeful that this challenge will interest a number of groups and individuals who are interested in delivering Hackney’s first CLT homes. This might include existing CLTs, community organisations, residents’ groups or individuals with an interest or experience in housing and housing issues in Hackney.

What’s happening now?

The Council is looking to identify two sites for CLT developments by 2022 as part of the community land trust challenge.

In summer/autumn 2021 the Council will begin engaging with groups interested in establishing taking part in the community land trust challenge. This will provide an opportunity to find out more about the Council’s plans, how community land trusts work in practice, and the opportunities available in Hackney.

We would like to hear from groups and individuals with an interest in delivering Hackney’s first CLT homes. This could include existing CLTs, community organisations, residents’ groups or individuals with an interest or experience in housing and housing issues in Hackney.

To register your interest in taking part in these discussion, please contact:

Page updated on: 27 May 2021