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Hoxton’s New Era Estate will be demolished and rebuilt by the affordable housing charity that stepped in to buy it after huge protests over rent hikes.

Scores of NIMBY objectors have lodged complaints about plans to flatten 10 dilapidated garages and build 11 new homes – including five council houses.

Gangs of masked thieves have taken to stealing bikes from a block of flats where a housing association has left the front door broken for a whole month.

Terrifyingly, it’s a year since the Gazette launched its Hidden Homeless campaign.

A charity that has helped hundreds of homeless people in Hackney this year is pleading for £10 donations to help buy them a Christmas dinner.

People on an embattled Upper Clapton estate are split on whether or not they want to see homes flattened, the developer has said.

Pensioners say their housing association has ruined Christmas by removing and destroying all the armchairs in their lounge without warning.

Many of Hackney’s 3,000 families stuck in temporary accommodation have no real prospect of getting an affordable home in the borough, according to a council chief.

It’s been almost 18 months since people on the Northwold Estate were told their homes could be demolished – and they still have no idea what is going on.

Hackney Council has welcomed the government’s long-awaited draft bill to stop letting agents ripping off renters with huge fees and charges – but said it “does not go far enough”.

Work is underway to build 75 homes in Homerton, 28 of which will be for social rent.

Over the last few weeks, the Gazette has painted a pretty depressing picture of housing in the borough.

Work will finally start on the new £40million St Leonard’s Court block next year, six years after the plans were signed off.

Bad landlords will face on-the-spot fines of up to £30,000 and be forced to repay rent to tenants as part of a town hall crackdown on rogue practices.

Less than 3 per cent of private rental properties in Hackney are affordable to those reliant on housing benefit, according to the council – compared with 50pc six years ago.

The price of housing in Hackney, measured by square metre, more than doubled between 2004 and 2016 according to new government figures.

People in the only Hackney tower block whose cladding is similar to that on Grenfell Tower have urged their housing association to “get a move on” with making it safe.

Demolition plans will force a pensioner out of the only home she has known for 54 years – even though the new flat she was promised isn’t built yet.

Hackney Council wants to crack down on “appalling housing conditions” by introducing new licences which could cost some landlords upwards of £500 to implement.

Fitting Hackney’s tower blocks with sprinklers as recommended by the Fire Brigade could cost up to £20m, and would mean “not doing other things”, according to Mayor Phil Glanville.



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