Local residents, business people and politicians have reacted to news that forty-five affordable new homes are set to be built on Frampton Park Estate.
The houses, planning permission for which was approved last month, will be built on the site of the former Frampton Arms pub, which was demolished in 2009, and nearby bedsit Lyttelton house on Well Street.
Hackney Council describes the homes as “high quality properties for social rent, shared ownership and outright sale.”
Jay Alishani, an employee at Ace Pet Supplies on Well Street, told The Hackney Post she was in favour of the redevelopment plans: “Lyttelton house is a mess,” she said, “the whole area is really run down, so I don’t see how this can make anything worse. There are plenty of homeless people that need houses so I don’t see why not.”
“Hackney is too up and coming now, everywhere is too expensive and a lot of older people especially are moving out because they can’t afford it anymore.”
Dorris, a resident of Frampton Estate who did not want to be named fully, also welcomed the news: “It’s a good thing for sure,” she said, “I got the pamphlet in the post and read all about it. I think it will be a great thing that will help the community. I just wish they would give me one!”
The new development is part of the Council’s ongoing estate regeneration programme, which will eventually see nearly 3,000 new homes built on 18 estates across the borough. Hackney Council has pledged that at least half of the new homes will be for “genuinely affordable social rent” and shared ownership. Some of the houses will also be available for outright sale due to a lack of Government funding for the scheme.
Work on the project will begin next year, with new play areas, waste and recycling improvements, and cycle storage facilities also being built after consultations with local residents and architects.
Speaking about the development, William Brett, one of the Councilors for Victoria Ward, said: “It’s fantastic to see new council housing being built in Victoria Ward. This important development comes on top of the 15 social rent homes being built by the Council at the corner of King Edward’s Road and Clermont Road.”
“While the Tory government does everything within its power to stop local authorities like Hackney from being able to build genuinely affordable housing, we’re just getting on with it.”
“Through sound financial management and innovative use of our assets, Hackney is leading the fight to deliver what Londoners are crying out for – high-quality and genuinely affordable housing.”
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said: “I’m delighted that working closely with residents we’re helping to deliver the new generation of genuinely affordable housing Hackney needs.
“We’re building more social housing than anywhere else in London, and our regeneration programme will bring thousands more properties to help our borough’s families find an affordable place a call home.”