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Canonbury affordable homes ‘urgently needed’, says Islington leader

PUBLISHED: 13:50 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 17 May 2016

Islington Council leader Richard Watts, centre, meets staff at the Dover Court site where new council houses are being built. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

Islington Council leader Richard Watts, centre, meets staff at the Dover Court site where new council houses are being built. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

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Work to build 51 new council homes in the south of Islington has begun.

The homes will be built in the Dover Court estate in Canonbury, mostly on the sites of disused garages. One of the new buildings will have 23 homes especially designed for older residents.

The affordable homes will be offered through the council’s Local Lettings scheme, which will give current residents from the neighbourhood the first option to choose the new homes for rent.

Islington leader Cllr Richard Watts said of the £20m scheme: “Islington residents, like so many other people across London, urgently need more housing at rates that are genuinely affordable.

“We are committed to doing something about this, which is why we’re building new council homes here and across the rest of Islington.”

In addition to the 51 council homes, housing developer Lovell will also build 19 private properties for sale.

These will be offered first to people living and working in Islington.

The council is committed to 2,000 new affordable homes between 2015 and 2019, including 500 new council homes.


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