A growing Hackney Central














What you told us

Hackney is facing a critical housing shortage and affordability crisis. Instead of accepting increased demand for housing and pressure on services and facilities, we’re committed to managing growth sustainably to help meet the increasing housing need. 

As a major town centre with a range of sites that can be repurposed or redeveloped, Hackney Central will be an important area in accommodating the new affordable homes, workspaces and jobs a growing borough needs – alongside the infrastructure needed to support them.

Thousands of people took part in the Hackney Central Conversation and helped create the Hackney Central Town Centre Strategy. You identified priorities including:

  • Controlling new development so that it benefits the local community and doesn't impede the character of the area.
  • Incorporating more affordable housing in new developments
  • Ensuring high-quality architecture to enhance the character of the area
  • Ensure that new developments provide adequate green and public space
Please don’t ruin the best bit of historic Hackney…for a good example look at the Scout Hut site development on the other side of St John’s Churchyard which has sensible scale and design and appropriate materials.

What we're doing

In 2020, Hackney’s Local Plan designated Hackney Central as a major town centre. This identifies the area as a place that can accommodate growth and investment to provide the new homes, jobs and facilities that Hackney’s growing population needs both now and in the future. Building on locations in Hackney Central identified for new development in the Local Plan, owned by the council or others, can help accommodate around 1,000 new jobs and 3,000 new homes.

Based on your feedback we’re working with the community to shape this change to prioritise the needs of the community –  providing genuinely affordable homes and workspace, and protecting what is most loved about Hackney Central.

This will support our mission for Hackney Central, created in partnership with the local community, to ensure residents can actively engage in and influence the future of their area.

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How we're doing it

We’re committed to using our own land and assets to tackle the acute housing crisis, and deliver the facilities and infrastructure for a growing population.

 

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Including contributing to the our commitment to deliver 1,000 new Council homes for social rent by 2026. We’re exploring how the land we own across Hackney Central can be used in future to meet the needs of existing and future residents through our town centre sites programme.

 

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We’ll deliver on our commitment to working alongside local people on a new plan for the Tesco store on Morning Lane that puts the existing community first.

 

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And we’ll continue our innovative not-for-profit council housebuilding programme on locations around Hackney Central, delivering new social housing prioritised for local people.

Get involved

Repurposing Council-owned land

Repurposing Council-owned land

Consultation is expected to begin in early 2024 What we’re doing As well as the many projects happening now, we’re also exploring opportunities for longer-term changes on Council-owned land in Hackney Central. The Council owns three sites in Hackney Central that have been allocated as suitable sites for potential new development in Hackney’s Local Plan, including: The car park at the northern entrance to Hackney Central station on Amhurst Road The southern...

New homes programme

New homes programme

Consultation has already begun. Sign up for email updates to hear more. What we’re doing Since 2011, Hackney has led the way in building new council homes. Our innovative, in-house building programme is now followed by other councils across London and the UK. So far this has delivered more than 1,000 new homes, prioritising council homes for social rent. Between 2022 to 2026, we want to deliver 1,000 new homes for social rent – including a new homes programme...

Closed activities

Browse some recently closed activities and find out how your feedback has helped to make a difference.
Bridge House & Marian Court

Bridge House & Marian Court

Consultation for this project has been completed What we’re doing Since 2011, Hackney has led the way in building new council homes. Our innovative, in-house building programme is now followed by other councils across London and the UK. So far this has delivered more than 1,000 new homes, prioritising council homes for social rent. Bridge House and Marian Court is one of Hackney’s biggest regeneration projects, involving the full redevelopment of the estate to...







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