Monday, October 20, 2008

Haggerston West & Kinglsand

Then Housing Minister Yvette Cooper meets Barry and Jonathan to discuss funding for the redevelopment
Residents on two estates in Hackney joined L&Q on Monday September 22 after voting overwhelmingly in favour of transferring their homes to the housing association from the council.

Some residents of the Haggerston West and Kingsland estates have been campaigning for the complete regeneration of their estates since the late 1980s.

L&Q has been working towards this transfer of homes since 2003 and now the transfer documents have been signed they can press ahead with their plans to demolish the existing 480 flats, over two phases, and build 761 new quality homes.

These will include homes for affordable rent, shared ownership and some for outright sale. There will also be plenty of community facilities and green space on the redeveloped estates and all of the current residents will be able to return to the area if they wish

L&Q have worked closely with the residents on these proposals over the last five years and as a result 71.5 per cent of secure tenants turned out to vote last October and nearly 82 per cent of these said they wanted to transfer their homes from Hackney Council to L&Q.

L&Q will now be working with local residents, LB Hackney and Taylor Wimpey to deliver this huge regeneration project.

Lorna Meade, chairwoman of the Haggerston West and Kingsland Estates Development Committee, said: "The overwhelming 'yes' vote is a great result and is testament to the years of hard work put in by tenants, residents, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, the Council, and Independent Tenants and Leaseholders Adviser, to make the development's proposals work.

"I'm pleased that there are now firm plans for a brighter future for everyone who lives on the estates."