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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…

Renters to “be exploited in perpetuity” with new Labour housing policy, says Generation Rent

Renters to “be exploited in perpetuity” with new Labour housing policy, says Generation Rent

Generation Rent has slammed a Labour housing policy review claiming that its proposals will force renters to be “exploited in perpetuity” to the benefit of homeowners. The Lyons Housing Review, commissioned by the Labour party and conducted by Sir Michael Lyons, was released last week and sets out a “roadmap”…

Hackney development gets shut down by council

Hackney development gets shut down by council

A development in Leswin Place, Stoke Newington, has been stopped by Hackney council because it is in breach of planning permission. Hackney Council issued a 28-day temporary Stop Notice to the developer on September 26, after receiving complaints by locals. A council spokesperson said: “This will be followed by an…

£74 a week Lewisham box room sparks criticism among students

£74 a week Lewisham box room sparks criticism among students

An advertisement for a ‘box room’ for rent for £74 a week in Lewisham  has been removed from a housing site, having sparked criticism among Twitter users and students.  The single room, based on Elverson Road, was advertised on www.spareroom.co.uk, a housing website popular among students and young professionals , and included…

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

A Tower Hamlets pressure group will lead a demonstration outside the town hall this evening, to draw attention to the plight of private tenants in the borough. Tower Hamlets Renters will be protesting to put pressure on the council, in the hope that the local authority will take action against…