An Overview of the Woodberry Down Regeneration Scheme
Hackney Council is leading the regeneration of the Woodberry Down Estate, which involves demolishing 1,981 homes and building 5,561 social rented, private and shared ownership new ones. A range of new facilities is also being built, including:
- Three new public parks
- The new Redmond Community Centre, which opened in 2011
- The new Skinners’ Academy, which opened in 2010
- A new children’s centre
- Retail and commercial opportunities.
- Refurbishment of the youth centre, renamed The Edge, which opened in 2013
- The Regeneration also includes plans to narrow Seven Sisters Road
The 20 year programme is one of the largest in Europe and is being delivered in partnership with Berkeley Homes, Genesis Housing Association, Hackney Homes, the Greater London Authority, Manor House Development Trust and the Woodberry Down Community Organisation (WDCO) resident steering group.
Woodberry Down was built after WWII, and was one of the largest mass housing estates in Europe at the time. Despite its location between Finsbury Park and the East and West Reservoirs, and its proximity to Manor House station, the estate suffered from under-investment, and physical deterioration was accompanied by high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour. In 1999, Hackney Council decided to demolish and rebuild the estate’s housing blocks. An initial masterplan was drawn up in 2005, and work began in 2009. Due to the economic climate, the Regeneration Masterplan had to be updated in 2012, in consultation with residents. The new Masterplan got planning consent in February 2014.
Our role in the Regeneration
Manor House Development Trust was created in 2007 as a spin out of Hackney Council. It’s purpose was to continue the work of the Strategic Regeneration Budget, which delivered a 7-year programme of regeneration initiatives across Woodberry Down and Stamford Hill. As a community-led organisation, MHDT was seen as the most appropriate mechanism to champion community development in the local area. Since 2007, our capacity and scope has grown, but Woodberry Down remains our base and where much of our work happens.