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Karakusevic Carson's Hackney scheme wins green light

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Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) has won the go-ahead for this 18-home scheme in Hackney, east London.

Hackney Council unanimously approved the plans for the site of the former Great Eastern Buildings in Reading Lane, which will create a mews consisting of six maisonettes, five one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom, and two three-bedroom properties,.

Managed by Hackney Homes and marketed to local residents, the practice’s mixed-use scheme is part of the wider redevelopment to turn the area into a creative quarter with 180m² of commercial space and affordable workspace.

Paul Karakusevic, KCA director, said: ‘With limited land available, the use of under-utilised and leftover land is vital in meeting the housing need. The new shared ownership homes and workspace in this incredible location will be a valuable addition to this Central Hackney location.

‘The proposal has been designed to transform a negative leftover space next to the railway viaduct into an active frontage and Mews Street with high quality shared ownership homes.’

KCA scheme Hackney

KCA scheme Hackney

Hackney Council cabinet member for housing Philip Glanville said: ‘Hackney Council has pledged to provide new homes for residents, and in addition to building homes for social renting on our estates we recognise that there are residents not only trapped paying rocketing private rents but also who can’t afford sky high market prices to own their own home outright.

‘These shared ownership homes are among the first of 500 the Council is building in the coming years that are designed to meet the needs of these local people.’

KCA scheme Hackney

KCA scheme Hackney

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