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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…

Croydon rents fall as new housing “booms’

Croydon rents fall as new housing “booms’

Rental prices were reportedly fell across the UK last month, particularly in south east London, where Croydon stood out for the fastest falling rents in the capital. The research came from HomeLet, a company that collects references, for landlords. Martin Totty of Barbon Insurance, which owns HomeLet, said: “Croydon and some parts of Essex…

New care flats to help elderly live independently

New care flats to help elderly live independently

Planning permission has been secured from Lewisham council for 60 new “extra care” flats to be built in Beckenham Hill. Phoenix Community Housing, a not-for-profit resident-led housing association established in 2007, won approval from Lewisham Council on Thursday January 15 to build its first ever residential development. The flats will help…

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

An application to build seven towers between Shoreditch and Spitalfields has raised concerns about affordable housing and the gentrification in one of London’s poorest areas. Only 10 per cent of the homes in the Goods Yard development will be allocated to affordable housing. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has…

Lewisham MP Joan Ruddock speaks out as London property market is dominated by foreign investors

Lewisham MP Joan Ruddock speaks out as London property market is dominated by foreign investors

The number of London homes controlled by foreign investors has been labelled a “huge concern” by a Lewisham MP, after new figures revealed that tens of thousands of homes in the capital are owned by overseas developers. Joan Ruddock, Labour MP for Lewisham and Deptford, told the Guardian that the…

Dawning of a New Era for Hoxton residents

Dawning of a New Era for Hoxton residents

  Residents of Hoxton’s New Era estate celebrated a major victory on Friday after Westbrook Partners agreed to sell to an affordable housing firm. The decision brings to an end months of protests from tenants after the American-based firm threatened to triple rents in a bid to drive out a…

Russell Brand threatens The Sun with legal action after his New Era support draws ‘hypocrisy’ accusations

Russell Brand threatens The Sun with legal action after his New Era support draws ‘hypocrisy’ accusations

  Russell Brand, who has been campaigning on behalf of Hackney’s New Era residents has threatened to sue The Sun newspaper over allegations that he is a “hypocrite” According to the Rupert Murdoch owned Sun, Brand’s loft apartment in Hoxton, is allegedly rented from a company based in the British…