The massive Mount Pleasant sorting office is being redeveloped. Of the hundreds of homes to be built there only 50 will be at social rents, for local people.
Half of the Mount Pleasant sorting office is being developed. This huge site will be able to hold as many 681 homes. However, the developers have offered to build only 12% ‘affordable’ housing which would mean 81 homes, of which around 50 would be at social rents.
The Royal Mail Group, formerly a publicly owned body that Vince Cable, the Lib Dem Minister sold off, have attempted to circumvent local decision making by asking Boris Johnson to call in the applications and decide them himself, even though Islington Council has already set a date on the 10th March to discuss these proposals.
With 17,000 people on the housing waiting list in Islington, it is outrageous that the developers are barely offering 50 homes for social rent out of nearly 700 new flats. Independent experts have said the development could provide much closer to 50% genuinely-affordable housing and still make a huge profit.
The Mayor does not have a good track record of listening to local people. Just this month he closed Clerkenwell Fire Station, just across the road from Mount Pleasant and it is expected the building will be sold off to develop luxury flats.
Islington Council will still discuss the proposals in the absence of an official application. It is expected that they will reject the proposal on the grounds that it does not provide sufficient affordable housing.