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Car parks and garages: Islington’s creative solutions to London housing crisis

PUBLISHED: 12:31 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 30 August 2016

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington's housing leader, back left, with Islington Council leader Richard Watts, back right, and new tenants in the council housing in King Henry's Walk, Canonbury

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington's housing leader, back left, with Islington Council leader Richard Watts, back right, and new tenants in the council housing in King Henry's Walk, Canonbury

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As the UK’s most densely populated borough, Islington is particularly exposed to London’s housing crisis. It means the council is getting creative with its locations for new houses.

In recent weeks, it has replaced two unfit for purpose bungalows with a four-bed house and three-bed bungalow in King Henry’s Walk, Canonbury (pictured).

In Bennett Court, Holloway, a “poorly used car park” was replaced with a two-bed flat and three-bed maisonette.

And in Thorpedale Road, Finsbury Park, two two-bed houses were built on the site of nine dilapidated garages.

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington’s housing leader, said: “We are committed to building more genuinely affordable housing for local residents in Islington.

“We’ve looked carefully at where we can build badly-needed new council homes. This has included some smaller sites with one or two homes, as well as much bigger schemes. Each new home makes a difference to people in housing need.

“Under our local lettings policy, people from the local estate are given priority for new council homes, together with people who need a specific kind of home, for example wheelchair users.”

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