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Pioneering social housing ‘pops-up’ in the capital

Pioneering social housing ‘pops-up’ in the capital

The first ever Pop-up Village in London will appear in Lewisham, designed by internationally renowned architect, Lord Richard Rogers. The Ladywell Pop-up Village will be the first social housing initiative of this kind. The project has been taken on by architect firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and will be…

Lower Clapton squatters reach out to community

Lower Clapton squatters reach out to community

A group of 15 squatters in Lower Clapton, Hackney, are organising community events to engage with their new neighbours, the first taking place on Valentine’s Day. The group, who call themselves the Mothers Square Squatters, took over Maitland House on February 1. The property was used as a care home…

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

A petition has been launched to stop an anti-Semitic demonstration organised by Somerset resident Joshua Bonehill-Paine in Stamford Hill in March. The petition produced by Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice, calls on Hackney Council and the police to deny permission for what they describe as “a deliberately provocative demonstration designed to…

Housing Management set to return to Hackney Council

Housing Management set to return to Hackney Council

The management of social housing in Hackney will no longer be under the control of Hackney Homes after a survey found that over half the respondents were in favour of the change. 33,742 leaseholders were consulted and over half of the respondents were in favour the proposal. 15 per cent…

From Shoreditch to City Hall: Thousands join Saturday’s #MarchForHomes demanding affordable housing

From Shoreditch to City Hall: Thousands join Saturday’s #MarchForHomes demanding affordable housing

Marchers from across London converged at City Hall on Saturday to demand solutions to the Capital’s housing crisis. “Social housing is our right, here to stay, here to fight!” was the chant heard from one of the leading speakers from the Focus E15 Mothers, opening the protest. The March For…

Campaigners prepare march to City Hall on Saturday to demand solutions for London’s housing crisis

Campaigners prepare march to City Hall on Saturday to demand solutions for London’s housing crisis

Tenants, housing interest groups and trade unionists from across EastLondonLine’s boroughs will march to City Hall this Saturday demanding solutions to the capital’s housing crisis. Over 100 organisations and individuals have declared their support for the march. It is organised by Defend Council Housing and the South London People’s Assembly,…

Scheme trains unemployed to build affordable housing

Scheme trains unemployed to build affordable housing

A scheme which trains construction workers is building affordable homes in Brockley. The scheme, announced this month, gives work opportunities to homeless people, ex-offenders or those in long-term unemployment. They are trained in skills such as construction, plastering, carpentry, painting and decoration. The programme is run by Phases (People Housing…

Affordable home campaigners build protest ‘house’

Affordable home campaigners build protest ‘house’

Campaigners have built a “house” made out of estate agent boards outside Lewisham Town Hall, Catford road, in a protest about affordable homes. The group, People Before Profit, designed the protest to highlight the 17,000 homeless people in the borough with a large number of families living in hostels and…

£26 million deal to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

£26 million deal  to build luxury hotel in Shoreditch

The industrial firm, Bouygues have agreed to a £26.6million contract from an American tycoon to build a new boutique hotel in Shoreditch. This is one of the seven luxury hotels to be built in the boom of Shoreditch hotels. The luxury hotel on Curtain Road will include 120 rooms, a…

Hackney Planning Watch meeting boycotted over long-standing tensions on planning rights in community

Hackney Planning Watch meeting boycotted over long-standing tensions on planning rights in community

Members of the strictly Orthodox Jewish Haredi community failed to attend a meeting held by Hackney Planning Watch to discuss the Area Action Plan, the Council’s solution to the long-standing community tensions over planning rights in Stamford Hill. The no-show came in spite of Hackney Planning Watch leafleting numerous homes…