Plans by architect Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) to rebuild a council estate that is threatened by collapse have cleared a key hurdle.

Tenants of Islington council’s Packington Estate voted by an 89% majority to back the transfer of their homes to the Hyde Housing Association, which clears the way for Hyde to rebuild. Under a masterplan drawn up by PTE the 539 homes will be knocked down and replaced by 840 dwellings.

A report published two years ago showed that the estate’s six storey blocks are at risk of a collapse in a way similar to that at Ronan Point in 1968, because of the large panel system used in their construction.