London, according to the housing minister Yvette Cooper, has a shortage of 20,000 three-bedroom homes.
So it is welcome that this week Cooper has announced new planning policies to oblige local authorities to ensure the provision of family homes, and to demand open space for children in new developments. In so doing, she also acknowledges another truth, which is that actions so far to provide decent affordable housing in London are failing.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 04/12/2006 - 16:31.
LONDON’S Olympic planners face a new bill of up to £400m over the construction of the athletes’ village.
The Olympic village, the biggest construction contract for the Games, was originally to be built by a private company at a cost of £1 billion and then converted into 5,000 homes that would be sold after the event. The cost of the village is not included in the budget of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is overseeing all construction work.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 19/11/2006 - 17:06.
Homeless Link, the umbrella group for charities working with and for homeless people, today began an ambitious campaign to end homelessness in Britain by 2022.
The campaign was launched at a Parliamentary reception attended by Yvette Cooper, Minister for Housing and Planning, Caroline Spelman and Andrew Stunell (Conservative and Lib Dem Shadow Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government), MPs from all three major parties, homeless people and senior staff from national and regional homeless charities.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 08/11/2006 - 23:17.
The report still manages to disappoint with tired cliches in the form of "Olympic effect" quotations, apparently the growth in prices in Tower Hamlets owes nothing to the proximity of the area to City workers and the boom the banking industry has experienced over the past year..
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 22/10/2006 - 19:39.
It is now commonplace that new developments in the Thames Gateway should include a mix of uses, tenures and incomes. To some, mixed use is the solution to the problem of current inadequate housing supply; to others it is a means of delivering sustainable development and sustainable communities.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 22/10/2006 - 19:23.
London's district of Hackney has been slammed as the worst place to live in the UK, according to a poll.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 22/10/2006 - 15:21.
Mixed-use schemes are seen by many policymakers as a panacea for a variety of problems. To some, mixed use is the solution to the problem of current inadequate housing supply; to others it is a means of delivering sustainable development and sustainable communities.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 20/10/2006 - 06:19.
More than 400,000 east Europeans have registered to work in the U.K. since their countries joined the EU in 2004. The government estimated 26,000 would come.
Poland's 15.5 percent unemployment rate is the highest in the EU, compared with 3 percent in Britain. A full-time waitress in Poland making the minimum wage would earn £157 a month, compared with the equivalent of £853 in Britain, according to the European Commission. 100,000 Poles who have moved to London since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, the Federation of Poles in Great Britain says.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 20/10/2006 - 05:50.