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From Disused Car Park to Council Homes

25 January 2021

More homes for the locals in Hackney, London

On behalf of Hackney Borough Council, Ridge successfully led a planning application for the redevelopment of a disused car park and associated land to 73 new homes, of which more than half are to be for social rent and shared ownership.   The new buildings, which are situated on the Fairbank Estate, were agreed by the Council’s planning sub-committee in January.  The approved plans also include a major investment to transform shared spaces on the estate to benefit both new and existing residents, including the provision of new planting, landscaping and play facilities.

Ridge were responsible for the preparation and submission of the planning application which involved the production of the Planning and Affordable Housing Statement, Health Impact Assessment and Heritage Statement. This involved agreement with the Council’s Estates Team and then negotiation with the planner team to ensure the proposed scheme was presented to the planning committee. Ridge were also responsible for responding to all consultee comments, liaising with the planning officer and agreeing conditions and Heads of Terms.

The new social housing will meet an identified need for the area and form part of  its ambitious, not-for-profit, direct delivery housebuilding programme – with more than half for social rent, shared ownership or living rent, paid for by selling some homes outright.

Council tenants already living at Fairbank and nearby whose current homes don’t meet their needs will get first priority for the 28 social rent homes, and a further 9 shared ownership homes will be prioritised for local families living or working in Hackney and unable to get on the housing ladder. The remaining outright sale homes will help pay for the development.