First tenants move into Square Mile's first new social housing since 1970s
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
The keys to the first social housing built in the City of London since the early 1970s have been handed to their new tenants.
The 24 flats on the Middlesex Street estate are the first of 85 new homes the City of London Corporation is providing across the capital over the next 18 months.
In total, the Corporation hopes to deliver 237 new homes by the end of 2016, which represents over 10% of its current housing stock.
The new flats were built by United House after the Corporation invested £7.5 million into development.
The Reverend Dr Martin Dudley, chairman of the City Corporation’s Community & Children’s Services Committee which commissioned the project, said: “At a time when there is such a shortfall in the provision of housing nationally, this project demonstrates that the City Corporation is committed to providing innovative community projects and sustainable, well planned residential housing developments for London.”
Jeffrey Adams, group chief executive of United House, said: "Our creative approach to using under-used space to build new homes demonstrates how other local authorities could learn from the City of London. Empty shops, garages and dead space on housing estates have the potential to become much-needed new homes."
The City of London Corporation provides 2,761 social housing properties for 1,889 residents across 11 estates - two within the Square Mile - and the other nine across a range of London boroughs.
Around 872 have been bought and are lived in by leaseholders and some freeholders.
Pictured: Dr Dudley hands over the keys to new tenant, John Docherty.