The Guardian had an interesting couple of articles yesterday (here
) and (here
), stating that the currently on going regeneration of the Packington Estate, in Islington is "social housing at its best". And it is hard to see otherwise.
writes 'The Packington estate is a magnificent two-fingered challenge to the notion, fashionable in some political circles, that people who cannot afford to live in expensive areas should not live there'
It wasn't long ago that all the rage was on 'mixed communities'. In this day and age of viability assessments, developers have been allowed to hold local authorities to ransom by saying, 'do you want homes (with a severely reduced social stock) or no homes at all? because you can't have both homes and mixed communities; there needs to be a compromise'. With that in mind, it seems The Packington has delivered on both homes and mixed communities, a very rare thing of late.
The estate has a blend of social and private homes (and it is impossible to tell which is which); a truly mixed community. Even more impressive is the fact the first phase was wholly social, where so often it would be private so that the developer gets its sales receipts up front in order to progress with the following phases. It doesn't stop there either; the photo (below) is of the completed first phase which abuts the canal, where surely the most valuable apartments are situated? So often, the affordable element of schemes are tucked away, out of sight and next to train lines etc. Instead here, arguably the most sought after new homes within the estate have been given over to social instead of private homes. Truly commendable.
The only downer about this story is don't expect much more of it. This is a very rare exception.
Phase 2 has also very recently completed, known as The Arc.
And phase 3 has even more recently started, with a pile driver now on site. This was taken just last week.
Here are the figures for each phase, showing how truly 'mixed' this development is.
- 301 private, 521 social
London Residential Research subscribers can click through on each of the phases (highlighted) to go through to the EGi record. The master record can be found by clicking on total. Not a subscriber? Want to know more? See HERE