After being bought by Hackney Council and set for redevelopment, housing campaigners have launched a consultation to determine the future of the Morning Lane site, currently holding a Tesco supermarket.
Hackney Council purchased the site for £55m in 2017, with plans to build “affordable” workspace and housing complexes in high rise towers. The council has claimed that “20 per cent” of the housing in these 19-storey towers will be affordable housing, according to the Hackney Gazette.
Local housing groups have begun to distribute surveys outside Tesco to galvanise support for more social housing in the prospective new site. In just one week, the Morning Lane People’s Space group had gathered 350 survey responses and distributed over 10,000 leaflets in the local area.
Affordable housing has been on the agenda for a long time, with the average property selling for over £600,000 according to Rightmove for flats alone. For a house, the average price for the area is over £1m.
As with many places in Greater London, finding affordable property at local Hackney estate agents has required ever more careful selection criteria, due to the general trend of increasing prices across Greater London.
Hackney Walk has planned to hold a further consultation period before they begin any planning application. This will give the local community, as well as campaigners, local government officials and estate agents the chance to have their say as part of a discussion about the growing future of the community in Hackney Walk.