Building new council homes

Since 2011, Hackney has led the way in building new council homes. Our innovative, in-house building programme is now followed by other councils across London and the UK.

So far this has delivered more than 1,000 new homes, prioritising council homes for social rent.

Between 2018 and 2022, we started, completed or received planning permission for 1,984 homes – more than half for social rent, shared ownership or Hackney Living Rent.


Our housing projects – 2022 to 2026

Between 2022 to 2026, we’ll start building, and support partners to build, 1,000 new homes for social rent through a mix of methods.

Our housing projects – 2018 to 2022

Between 2018 and 2022, the council started, completed or received planning permission for 1,984 homes. These projects are at various stages of delivery and, once they are all complete, will include 613 homes for social rent, 24 homes for Hackney Living Rent and 319 homes for shared ownership, with 1,028 homes sold outright to help pay for them.

Our housing projects – 2011 to 2018

Between 2011 and 2018, the council completed 660 new and refurbished homes, including 360 for social rent and 64 for shared ownership, with 236 for outright sale to help pay for them in the absence of government funding for social housing.

Protecting trees and green spaces

We prioritise solving Hackney’s housing crisis and addressing the climate emergency. Our housebuilding programme helps increase the number of trees and improve biodiversity.

To protect existing trees, plants, and landscapes, our new housing developments mainly focus on underused land like car parks, depots, and garages. We also plant more trees and enhance public spaces to improve biodiversity and make outdoor areas more enjoyable.

See our Housing regeneration trees and biodiversity statement (google doc).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan

Our house building programmes supported by the Mayor of London, includes a £17.5m grant as part of the 2021 to 2026 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).

In line with the conditions of this funding, we’ve published an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) action plan. The action plan sets out how we’ll embed these values when we build new homes.

See Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan (PDF 74kb).

Frequently asked questions

Page updated on: 20 March 2024