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New development heralds the future of social housing in Tottenham
"Crucial" new social housing has been unveiled.
Isobel Place, tucked behind Tottenham Town Hall, is a new housing complex built on the site of an abandoned depot.
The homes have been developed by housing association the Newlon Trust in partnership with Haringey Council and English Heritage.
Of the 109 units available, 68 will be open to a shared ownership scheme while 41 will be rented out to tenants from the council’s social housing list.
The shared ownership scheme will see people buy a share of the house, and pay rent at a subsidised rate on the remainder.
A spokesman for Newlon said this was cheaper than renting privately, but would also allow people to begin to buy a property without having to pay a full mortgage.
The buildings, centred around two courtyards, replicate the original architecture of the depot and Victorian workshops, and are built largely using the same bricks.
Guests at last week’s opening included MP David Lammy, Councillor Alan Strickland, and Petr Smrček, a deputy minister from the Czech Republic who was touring social housing projects around the UK.
In a speech, Cllr Strickland, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “Tottenham Green is central to the regeneration of Tottenham, and residents have made it clear they feel very strongly that it is the heart of Tottenham.
“Regeneration isn’t just about bricks and mortar, so high-quality affordable housing like this is crucial so that families can build a life here and see their children grow up in a safe and secure community.”
MP for Tottenham David Lammy said it was “exciting” to see the new homes, adding that he hoped they would help “local people set down roots”.