Woodberry Down is one of Europe’s biggest single-site estate regeneration projects. It is led by a partnership of Hackney Council, Berkeley Homes, Notting Hill Genesis, Woodberry Down Community Organisation and the Manor House Development Trust.
Over 20 years, the estate is being completely redeveloped to provide more than 5,500 new homes, community facilities and better public spaces.
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Benefits of regeneration
The regeneration of Woodberry Down was first planned in the 1990s after structural surveys showed the estate with 2,000 homes was too costly and complex to refurbish. It was in need of comprehensive redevelopment.
Plans approved in 2005, and updated in 2014, mean these homes are being gradually demolished and replaced with 5,500 new, high-quality homes. The plans make better use of the land and provide new properties for social rent and shared ownership for existing residents.
Organisations involved with the regeneration
Berkeley Homes is the developer for Woodberry Down and is responsible for building all of the new homes. It also markets homes for outright sale to help fund the rest of the regeneration.
Notting Hill Genesis is a charitable housing association that manages all new homes for social rent and shared ownership. It is the landlord of residents moving into these homes.
Hackney Council continues to manage and maintain all existing homes on the estate. This includes providing dedicated support for residents needing to move to a new home.
The Woodberry Down Community Organisation is the representative community organisation involved in the regeneration. It is made up of neighbours and activists from the estate volunteering their time to ensure that local people are represented.
The Manor House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise championing community development within the Woodberry Down regeneration.
Building work on the first new homes at Woodberry Down began in 2009. The construction of the homes in phase 3 of the regeneration is currently underway. When the homes are completed, there will be:
- over 2,900 new homes
- 1,130 new social rent and shared ownership homes
- £12 million contributed towards local infrastructure such as roads and drains
- £5 million contributed towards education and skills, providing hundreds of apprenticeships and access to local job opportunities
- new green and open spaces including Spring Park and the New River Path
- new community facilities including the Redmond Community Centre and the Woodberry Wetlands
Plans for 2023
The regeneration delivery partners are working with the local community on the detailed designs of each new phase.
We hold direct conversations with the residents moving into new homes built during each new phase.
In 2022, we discussed the requirements of residents moving into the homes in phase 3.
The delivery partners have also consulted on designs for phase 4 of the regeneration with residents.
A new masterplan covering phases 5 to 8 of the regeneration is being developed in consultation with residents. Berkeley Homes intends to submit this for approval in 2023.