More Affordable Homes Approved at King’s Cross Central

Posted: Tuesday 19th April 2011
  • 143 affordable homes, including more than a quarter specifically designed for the active elderly, secure reserved matters approval from Camden Council
  • Building will start later this month transforming the northern part of the site where work is already underway on the first homes
  • King’s Cross now has detailed plans approved for a total of 505 new homes – a quarter of the total 1,900 homes planned – with the first residents expected to move in next year.

Further progress has been made to deliver the first homes at King’s Cross. Construction has already started on the first 117 homes at plot ‘R4’ on York Way, and last week (Thursday 7 April) detailed plans for 143 more affordable homes, at neighbouring plot ‘R5’, were given reserved matters approval by Camden Council. Building work will begin later this month and is due to be completed by the end of 2012.

The new homes, designed by architects Maccreanor Lavington, meet a priority need in the borough with more than a quarter specifically designed for the elderly. The 40 apartments with communal areas, in a separate western block, will allow older people to live independently while also having access to the care and support services which they may need over time. The remaining homes in the northern block comprise of 63 social rented apartments and 40 shared ownership apartments.

King’s Cross now has detailed plans approved for a total of 505 new homes – 143 in building R5, 117 in the adjacent building R4, 102 at 1-3 Canal Reach, above the site-wide energy centre and last month the first ‘open market’ homes in ArtHouse received reserved matters approval. Work on ArtHouse is due to start in the autumn.

Across King’s Cross there will be more than 1,900 new homes. Over 40% of the new homes will be affordable and the first phase of these affordable homes will be owned and managed by the development’s affordable housing partner, One Housing Group.

Robert Evans from King’s Cross said:

“This unanimous approval from Camden Council is fantastic news. We are already making terrific progress on the new affordable homes at building ‘R4′ and this decision means we can now deliver the ‘R5′ affordable housing at the same time. We have also gained approval recently for a third residential building, building ‘J’. Together, these projects will totally transform the look, feel and environment of York Way, for the better.”

“These high quality, centrally located affordable homes on plot ‘R5’ will make a real difference in Camden, meeting the needs of a growing older population.”

The development will also include the construction of a new street leading off York Way into King’s Cross – one of 20 new streets which are being created at the site. Significant improvements will be made to the surrounding public space, including the top end of York Way.

One Housing Group, a registered social landlord, is the designated affordable housing provider for the first phase at King’s Cross, including R4 and R5. One Housing Group is the largest provider of affordable and supported housing in Camden, with almost 40 years of experience in the borough.

Alan Williams, Group Development Director at One Housing Group said:

“We are delighted that the plans for R5 have been approved and look forward to work starting on this plot. Once complete next year, the new homes on plots R4 and R5 will make an important contribution to meeting the housing need across the borough as well as a huge difference to residents and the local community.”

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