London Mayor Sadiq Khan hands over keys to new council homes in Haringey
The Mayor of London visited Haringey today to hand the keys over to new council homes – the first completed in the borough as part of the authority’s commitment to provide 1,000 new council homes at council rents for local people.
Sadiq Khan was joined by Deputy Mayor for Housing Tom Copley, Haringey Council Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal Cllr Emine Ibrahim to welcome new tenants Grazyna Marcinkiewicz and Tamara Buchanan into their brand new homes in Charrington Place, White Hart Lane.
Replacing an industrial plot occupied by dilapidated sheds, the development was completed in February 2021 and delivers a total of 23 new, high quality council homes.
The building contains a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes with energy efficiency at the forefront of designs. Charrington Place also boasts two play areas for family use.
Against an initial target of building 1,000 new homes to be let at council rents, Haringey Council currently has 390 homes under construction and has obtained planning approval for 509 council homes. In two years, the authority has identified 73 sites which will ultimately deliver 2,500 council homes.
The scheme was part-funded with support from the Mayor through the Building Council Homes for Londoners Programme and meets the growing demand for genuinely affordable homes in Haringey and across the capital.
Cllr Ejiofor said:
“I am really pleased the Mayor has visited Haringey to see first-hand our new high-quality council homes and the hard work we are doing to fix the housing crisis affecting our residents.
“I am clear that everyone has the right to a decent, affordable home. Completion of this scheme is therefore a significant milestone as we continue our efforts to deliver a generation of new council homes at council rents.
“It’s people who really make a place, so it was fantastic to be able to meet the new tenants and welcome them to their new council homes. This is a fresh start for many of them and I’m excited for their futures.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:
“I am delighted to see first-hand the work being carried out in Haringey, which supports my mission to deliver the council and social rent homes that Londoners so desperately need, helping us start more new council homes across London last year than in any year since 1983.
“I grew up on a council estate and know first-hand how these homes address London’s inequalities in health, wealth and opportunity. I am excited to see the new generation of council homes take shape and I encourage everyone – especially ministers – to recognise the role that new council housing can play in transforming lives.”
New tenant Grazyna Marcinkiewicz said:
"I currently share a one-bedroom flat with my two children so moving to a two-bedroom home will make a huge difference to us.
“We're excited to be moving to a new property in a nice area with outside play space and my daughter is delighted to have her own bedroom!"
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