Tenants’ fury at ‘land swap’ deal as estate undergoes £1 billion revamp

[from Hackney Gazette]

Tenants’ fury at ‘land swap’ deal as estate undergoes £1 billion revamp

31 August 2007

ANGRY tenants say they will be forced to suffer the misery of living on a building site after plans for the £1 billion redevelopment of their estate were altered radically.

The blueprint for regeneration of the massive Woodberry Down estate has been re-drawn by the town hall in a land swap deal so that a planned new academy for 11 to 18-year-olds can be re-located.

The academy had been set to be built on the nearby site of the former Woodberry Grove primary school, but English Heritage refused permission as the school is a listed building.

Hackney Council’s Cabinet gave approval last month for the academy to be built on another part of the estate earmarked for property developer Berkeley Homes to construct 209 mixed tenure homes.

To compensate for the loss of land, Berkeley Homes has been given an alternative site, requiring the scheduled demolition of four blocks elsewhere on the estate – Havering, Wyersdale, Weybridge and Wensleydale Houses – to be brought forward.

Angry tenants of neighbouring Weardale, Toxteth and Groveley Houses say the revised plans mean they will have to suffer the noise, filth and disruption of living next door to a building site while waiting years for their blocks to be bulldozed.


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