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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…

New Era protest in Downing Street

New Era protest in Downing Street

Residents of the New Era estate and activist Russell Brand led 400 people on a protest from Mayfair to Downing Street as they took to the streets. The protestors congregated outside the offices of the estate’s American owners Westbrook Partners, who have threatened to triple rents in 2015, at 12:30pm. Two…

Houses earn more than people as property prices in Hackney increase nearly £100,000 in one year

Houses earn more than people as property prices in Hackney increase nearly £100,000 in one year

The average home in Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney “earned” more in the past 12 months than a London police officer as house prices in the capital went through the roof. Research published yesterday by the National Housing Federation compared house price rises in London boroughs with average salaries in…

“Bogus replicas” replace Dalston Georgian houses

“Bogus replicas” replace Dalston Georgian houses

A row of Georgian houses in Dalston is to be replaced with “bogus replicas”, after a campaign group lost their high court battle on Monday. OPEN Dalston have been fighting the demolition of 17 Georgian terraces on Dalston Lane, Hackney, since developers Murphy Homes were given permission to build on…

“Controversial” forum denied planning rights

“Controversial” forum denied planning rights

Residents of Stamford Hill will not be able to have a direct say over planning rights because they cannot reach an agreement among themselves, Hackney Council has ruled. Two opposing proposals for the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum were rejected on the grounds that neither have received widespread support from the…