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Croydon Council moves away from controversial bed and breakfasts

Croydon Council moves away from controversial bed and breakfasts

  Croydon Council has announced plans to provide alternative short-term accommodation for homeless people living in controversial bed and breakfasts following the purchase of 189 flats in Thornton Heath. The council estimates it will save upwards of £2 million over the duration of the leases. Sycamore House and Concorde House –…

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, has welcomed plans for Crossrail 2 but raised concerns that the development of the tube line may push house prices up in the borough. Plans are well underway for the underground tube line between south-west and north-east London, which will link Hackney to central London…

Councils criticise Boris Johnson’s plans for 80,000 new homes in ELL boroughs as “too high”

Councils criticise Boris Johnson’s plans for 80,000 new homes in ELL boroughs as “too high”

Doubts have been raised over plans to build more than 80,000 homes in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lewisham and Croydon over the next 10 years. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, set the target for ELL’s four boroughs in an amendment to his London Plan for 2015 to 2025 – but…

‘Invisible house’ to be built on site of disused garages

‘Invisible house’ to be built on site of disused garages

London’s first “invisible house” is to be built in Brockley, replacing two disused garages. Lewisham Council has granted planning permission for the building in Manor Avenue, which will use mirrors to help the house to blend in with the leafy surroundings.  It will also have a rooftop terrace overlooking the…

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

As the weather gets warmer, so does the debate surrounding the brutalist Balfron Tower. The listed building is due a makeover, and permanent residents are being ‘decanted’ before works begin. Meanwhile, a housing scheme run by the Bow Arts Trust offers artists temporary residence in the emptied flats until renovation starts.…

Regeneration Game: Woodberry Down on the up

Regeneration Game: Woodberry Down on the up

The gentrification story of Woodberry Down, the expansive Hackney housing estate, has now reached a national audience – making the G2 pages of the Guardian. But readers to East London Lines will already be all-too-familiar with the story of residents being moved from their homes, council housing being destroyed, and…

Rising house prices in Tower Hamlets.

Rising house prices in Tower Hamlets.

  Worrying new figures suggest that within 20 years it won’t be young people taking any notice of a ‘For Sale’ sign in London – as they’re far more likely to be still living with their parents. The Nationwide House Price Index shows that house prices across the country rose…

Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

On Regent’s Canal, the houseboats lining the walkways have become an integral part of the East London landscape. Yet, these bright boats aren’t just decorative niceties – the economic advantages of living on a houseboat are luring an increasing number of Londoners into making this lifestyle change. The Residential Boat…

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: “How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…

Container studio homes are perfect fit in Docklands

Container studio homes are perfect fit in Docklands

Containers have been coming in and out of the docklands for over a century, so when Trinity Buoy Wharf became house to Container City in 2001, it was a natural fit. The containers, stacked five high and bursting in vibrant reds, blues, and yellows at the edge of the Wharf,…