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Brandon Lewis praises work of housing associations on tour of L&Q regeneration project

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Brandon Lewis praises work of housing associations on tour of L&Q regeneration project Brandon Lewis praises work of housing associations on tour of L&Q regeneration project

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has praised the work of housing associations on a visit to a £200 million regeneration project in east London.

Mr Lewis said the sector was playing as "vital role" in delivering affordable housing, during his tour of the Haggerston West and Kingsland Estates in Hackney, which housing group L&Q is transforming with 761 new homes, a new community centre, retail space and public gardens.

In his first official visit to the capital in his new role, accompanied L&Q chief executive David Montague as they looked aroud the City Mills regeneration area.

Residents have been campaigning for new homes since the 1980s. In 2003 L&Q was chosen to draw up regeneration plans, and in 2007 residents voted to transfer from London Borough of Hackney to L&Q.

Since then, L&Q says it has been keeping residents fully engaged with the project as the old estates were demolished and the new City Mills created.

Brandon Lewis MP said: ““Building homes is a vital part of our long-term economic plan and it is working. In London, new home registrations were up 60% last year, the highest annual total since modern records began, and thousands of new homes will be built on 20 housing zones across the capital.

"In addition to this, the Mayor has announced plans for the largest house-building programme since the 1930s, including more homes for affordable shared ownership.

“Housing associations across the country are playing a vital role in helping to deliver the affordable homes that families need. I am delighted to see how L&Q’s City Mills development is progressing and hear how they have been working with the community to drive the scheme forward and create new homes and jobs in Hackney.”

Daivd Montague said: “The chronic shortage of housing in London is well documented, but we wanted the minister to see first-hand how housing associations like L&Q are responding.

“We are committed to working with the Government to increase housing supply, and City Mills demonstrates how we can achieve this on a large scale, and with great design at its heart. On completion, we will be providing over 700 new homes – for people on a range of incomes - in one of London’s most exciting and fashionable quarters.

“And we’ve been able to achieve all of this by keeping the needs of the local community in mind at all times. We’ve spent many years working with residents and local partners to successfully create a large scale, mixed tenure urban neighbourhood that people can be proud to call home.”

Debra Herring, a local resident and vice chair of the Haggerston & Kingsland Estates Local Management Forum, added: “There is a whole community here who have collaborated to bring this scheme together for the good of all; all the choices have truly been collective.

"When the development is finished, residents will be left with an estate to be proud of. Residents have taken ownership of the decisions around their estates by becoming involved and this will be the lasting legacy of this project with L&Q.”

Earlier today, Mr Lewis hailed the latest ONS housebuilding figures which showed there were 26,230 new housing starts in England between April and June, an 18% increase on the same quarter last year.

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