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Building new affordable Council homes on the Cally

March 20, 2014
Lyon Street site sign 20140225_164510

The new flats are being constructed to the highest energy-efficiency standards

The next 20 new homes for Islington Council tenants are being built just off Cally Road on the Lyon Street site, formerly the neighbourhood housing office.

The new homes will be mainly 2 bedroom flats in a development that is located on the corner of Lyon Street and Carnoustie Drive. Planning permission was granted in late 2012 and work began following demolition of the old housing office in 2013.

Every flat will be genuinely affordable and let at a “social rent” and the Council has also determined that these flats will not be subject to “right-to-buy”. This guarantees that they will always be available to tenants at properly affordable rents and will not slip into the hands of private landlords.

All the flats will be allocated to people aged over 55 with first preference given to tenants currently living on the Bemerton estate, particularly those in homes that are family sized. The aim is to help free-up larger homes that are now under-occupied by older single people or couples whose children are now grown-up and live elsewhere.

Islington Council’s top priority is to help several hundred families living in difficult overcrowded circumstances. By freeing-up some of the under-occupied homes, the Council can then re-house overcrowded families. The policy is also aimed at helping some people who are hit by the “bedroom tax”.

To keep new tenants’ energy bills down, the new homes will be built to the highest energy efficiency standards and the whole development is expected to be plugged-in to the Bemerton estate’s communal heating system.

Since May 2010, the Labour Council has directly provided more new homes than were built in the preceding 25 years. And despite Government funding nearly coming to a halt, the Council has helped Housing Associations to build on new sites and, using planning powers, has extracted affordable housing from numerous private developments.

In Caledonian Ward, where land is very scarce and extremely expensive, the Council has identified a number of sites already owned by the Council where new homes could be built. Last Summer a development of 17 new homes was opened at Vulcan Way after the Council converted a string of former garages into 15 ground floor flats and 2 new family sized houses. Both Vulcan Way and Lyon Street are examples of the new “local lettings” policy where tenants already living within the vicinity of a new development will be first in line for the new homes.

For more details, the Lyon Street planning report is available by clicking here.

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  1. lisa Wood permalink
    March 20, 2014 2:47 pm

    Fantastic. Great that they will not be eligible for right to buy and also helping older people to downsize but stay in the area.

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