- Cllr Pat Callaghan, Cllr Danny Beales, Keir Starmer MP
- Keir Starmer MP and Cllr Danny Beales
- Keir Starmer MP meeting Maitland Park residents
- Keir Starmer with Maitland Park residents
- Keir Starmer MP with Chair of Bouygues UK (second from left) and Maitland Park residents
- Cllr Danny Beales opening the event
- Keir Starmer MP speaking at the event
- Cllr Callaghan addressing the crowd at naming ceremony
- Plaque on Antony Grey House
- Plaque on Mary Prince House
- Plaque on Noor Inayat Khan House
- Noor Inayat Khan House
Camden sets out its stall as a national leader in council house building at the opening of new development with Sir Keir Starmer MP
Camden Council has furthered its place as a national leader in council house building as it marked the completion of 51 social homes at an event attended by local residents, Camden Cabinet Members, and MP for Holborn and St Pancras, Sir Keir Starmer.
The 51 new council homes are a key part of what has been delivered in a 119-home redevelopment, which has replaced a poorly built 1960s block and drawn on underutilised land to increase the quality and number of social homes on an estate in Camden.
The redevelopment at the Maitland Park Estate in Haverstock is the latest social housing project to reach completion in Camden since it announced the expansion of its housebuilding programme by committing an extra £1.3bn investment towards building new homes for residents.
Camden is now on course to build 2,600 affordable homes of which 1,800 will be new council homes.
To date more than 600 new council homes have been built by Camden that have provided larger, modern and more energy-efficient homes to over 1,500 residents, including 650 children, many of whom were previously living in overcrowded homes.
In total Camden’s housebuilding programme will deliver 4,850 new homes for local residents with the sale of private homes providing much-needed funding for new council homes.
Investment is also being generated for new community and school facilities.
At Maitland Park a new community centre has been built, a new play area has been opened and improvements to the estate’s green spaces have been made.
While elsewhere Camden’s housebuilding programme has generated investment in new facilities for 48 schools and children’s centres in the borough, creating 9,000m2 of improved community facilities – the equivalent of 35 tennis courts. Two hostels for residents experiencing homelessness have also been refurbished.
Furthermore, as part of Camden’s strategy for diversity in the public spaces - which aims to better represent and empower the borough’s diverse communities - each of the three new residential buildings at Maitland Park have been named after prominent local figures from Camden. They are:
- Noor Inayat Khan, the first woman spy who was dropped behind enemy lines in France during the Second World War.
- Mary Prince, the first black woman to have an autobiography published in Britain.
- Antony Grey, an LGBTQ+ Activist whose work led to decriminalization of homosexuality for men.
Here in Camden we are being bold and ambitious in delivering new council homes for our residents, building as many as we can as quickly as possible. We are championing the progressive and resilient methods that are needed right now to deliver these homes in the face of the severe financial challenges that councils like ours face.
This is because the building of these homes cannot be delayed by the absence of national funding - not while council homes built a generation ago crumble, rents in the private sector skyrocket, and while families suffer in overcrowded homes. At Maitland Park we can demonstrate what is possible when we invest in council housing.
We have worked with the estate’s residents to transform an outdated block in chronic disrepair into larger homes that meet modern standards and lift families out of overcrowding, we have increased the number of council homes on the estate from 36 to 51 while building new community facilities, and residents have shaped the legacy of where they live by helping to choose three remarkable figures from our local community to name their new buildings after.
Well done to every single person who has been involved in this project. To walk in and see the buildings this morning was fantastic. And it was great to meet some of the residents who’ve recently moved in.
This isn’t just about some bricks and some windows and a roof; this is about life chances, aspiration and equal opportunity for everyone. When I was growing up we didn’t have a lot of money, but we did have a house. And that gave me a security to go on and do some of the things that I’ve done in my life. I want every child to have that chance.
This is what good councils can do when they put their mind to it. I’m very proud of Camden Council and what it has achieved here with this block, and many other similar blocks.