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Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Property company, The Benyon Estate, have announced they will sell their stake in Hoxton’s New Era estate after substantial rent rises caused fierce protests from residents. The real estate firm, which is the family company of millionaire Tory MP, Richard Benyon, announced yesterday that they were “reluctantly” withdrawing all involvement…

Whitgift regeneration secures go-ahead from High Court

Whitgift regeneration secures go-ahead from High Court

Objections to the £1 billion regeneration of the Whitgift Centre were dismissed by a High Court judge yesterday as plans to rejuvenate Croydon town centre prevailed. Whitgift Trust, which partially owns and oversees the Whitgift Centre, opposed a joint project by shopping centre giant Westfield and retail specialists Hammerson UK…

Council proposes crackdown on criminal landlords

Council proposes crackdown on criminal landlords

Non-licensed landlords in Croydon could face fines of up to £20,000 if a controversial, council-led scheme to crackdown on rogue proprietors goes ahead. A Better Place to Rent aims to improve conditions in private rented accommodation by forcing all Croydon landlords to obtain a licence. To be eligible for a…

Politicians “have no clue how difficult” London letting is says Generation Rent

Politicians “have no clue how difficult” London letting is says Generation Rent

Local housing campaigners have said they are still unconvinced that Labour is offering solutions to problems facing renters in light of last week’s report into the UK rental market by campaign group Generation Rent. The report showed 56 constituencies now have more renters than homeowners. Hackney South and Shoreditch has…

Protestors agree to take fight against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s proposals to Court of Appeal

Protestors agree to take fight against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s proposals to Court of Appeal

Protestors against the plans for a new Sainsbury’s and flats in Stoke Newington have agreed to take the fight against the development to the Court of Appeal. The Stokey Local community group voted unanimously to challenge last month’s decision by the High Court’s to allow the controversial proposal on the…

Illegal sub-letting condemned by council

Illegal sub-letting condemned by council

Croydon Council has warned tenants that they face eviction if they illegally sublet their properties. The notice comes after two cases in the past month where tenants were found to be letting their property from abroad. Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “People who sub-let their…

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

Stokey Local campaigners lose judicial review against Hackney Council – the end of the independent trader?

The  Stokey Local campaigners  lost their battle against Hackney Council in court yesterday, 24 October. The campaigners argued that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s along with 53 flats was unlawful. The claim was dismissed by Mrs Justice Patterson in less than a…

Lewisham’s housing solution: pop-up homes anyone?

Lewisham’s housing solution: pop-up homes anyone?

Lewisham is set to be the first borough in England with ‘redeployable housing’ after the council approved plans for the redevelopment of the Ladywell Leisure Centre on 22 October. The development, designed to last up to four years, will provide 24 residential and eight commercial premises that can be reused…

Council plans to stop the rush to turn offices into flats

Council plans to stop the rush to turn offices into flats

In an attempt to stop the development of substandard housing, Croydon council are bidding to pull out of a law which allows property developers to convert offices into flats without planning permission. Permitted development rights were brought in by the government last year, and since then 1074 out of 1236…

Housing market is dysfunctional, says Diane Abbott in opposition to Labour’s housing review

Housing market is dysfunctional, says Diane Abbott in opposition  to Labour’s housing review

Diane Abbott has argued that increasing the supply of London housing will not bring down house prices in the capital because the market has become entirely dysfunctional. This is in direct contradiction to Labour’s newly published housing policy review which highlights house building as a solution to “the biggest housing…