Johnson approves Hackney regeneration masterplan

London mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans for the next phases of a major regeneration scheme in Hackney, including proposals for more than 3,000 new homes.

Woodberry Down: plans include 3,000 new homes.
Woodberry Down: plans include 3,000 new homes.

In February, housebuilder Berkeley Homes won outline approval for the demolition of existing buildings and structures at the Woodberry Down estate, near Finsbury Park, to provide up to 3,242 residential units and more than 10,000 square metres of non-residential floorspace.
The London Borough of Hackney also granted full planning permission for the construction of 670 new homes in four blocks of up to 20 storeys and 500 square metres of non-residential floorspace.

Recommending the applications for approval, Hackney planning officers said in their report that the scheme was "vital for the area".

Due to the scale of the proposals, the borough was required to refer the plans to the mayor for a decision on whether to take over the application for his own determination. The mayor has now confirmed that he will not intervene and is content for the borough's decision to stand.

In a statement, the mayor's office said Berkeley Homes has already built 862 homes on the site, with a further 180 under construction. The approvals granted by Hackney Council in February are for the next seven phases of the Woodberry Down masterplan.

The mayor's office said that in total the masterplan for the Woodberry Down regeneration project will deliver 4,284 homes, of which 2,214 will be affordable, with 60 per cent for affordable rent and 40 per cent intermediate.

Stewart Murray, assistant director of planning at the mayor of London’s office, said: "This is one of the biggest estate renewal schemes in the capital and will provide a boost to Hackney by delivering much needed new homes and infrastructure."

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