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Six new Islington council homes built in smaller-scale schemes

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council's executive member for housing and development (back left) and Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council (back right) meet new tenants in new council housing in King Henry's Walk in Islington

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council's executive member for housing and development (back left) and Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council (back right) meet new tenants in new council housing in King Henry's Walk in Islington

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Tenants have moved into new Islington council homes built in smaller-scale schemes to help provide badly-needed new social housing.

Six homes have been created on three sites across the borough, replacing old accommodation and underused car parking and garages.  The projects are:

King Henry's Walk - a three-bedroom wheelchair-accessible bungalow and a four-bedroom house have replaced two old bungalows, which were no longer fit for purpose

Bennett Court - a new two-bedroom flat and three-bedroom maisonette were built on the site of poorly used car parking

Thorpedale Road - two two-bedroom houses were built on the site of nine dilapidated garages.  Two new garages were also built as part of the scheme

The three schemes - also known as "infill" because they utilise smaller, poorly used areas beside existing homes - are part of the council's wider commitment to build new council homes for local people in housing need.

Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council's executive member for housing and development, 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."

All of the six properties now have tenants.

Recently completed larger new-build projects in Islington include Brunswick Court, near Goswell Road; Lyon House, off Caledonian Road; and Parkhurst Road in Holloway.

For more about new council housing in Islington see www.islington.gov.uk/newbuild