Category Archives: Housing

‘Hostile environment’ charity linked with homes scheme

A council scheme to get vulnerable rough sleepers off the streets and into the warmth and security of somewhere they can call “home” has signed up its first of 10 properties. But none of the homes will be available to … Continue reading

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Planning chair prejudices position with speech for developers

The charge that Croydon’s Blairite council leadership is too cosy with property developers and their architect chums has been given even greater weight, after the chair of the borough’s planning committee gave a rousing speech at a launch event for … Continue reading

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Shelter warns of housing ‘black hole’ over conversion schemes

Affordable housing in Croydon may be under threat from a government proposal which risks “supercharging” a social housing get-out clause, according to the housing charity Shelter. Currently developers do not have to pay contributions to the council for social housing … Continue reading

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Leon House given new purpose as its flats go up for sale

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, goes to the top of a Croydon landmark and finds some merit in conversions Even on a day when a winter storm is scudding through just above our heads, from the 22nd floor roof garden … Continue reading

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Council continues in its cover-up of Ombudsman’s rulings

Here’s something else you won’t read on Croydon Council’s website. The council press office – funded with an annual budget of at least £500,000 of public money – today issued at least its second press release  to publicise the attention-seeking … Continue reading

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Scott gives support for building one-bed shacks in car parks

Paul Scott now wants to see hundreds of cheap, one-bed shacks built in Croydon’s car parks. That’s the latest architect-led idea to be endorsed by Scott, who was speaking at a conference held in the town centre this week. Scott … Continue reading

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Shared ownership is an unaffordable joke, says Standard

Things must be bad when even London estate agents’ weekly booster pages identify how one of the housing market’s on-trend deals is failing to deliver. Today’s Homes and Property advertorial section in the Evening Standard (Editor: Gideon Osborne) lays into … Continue reading

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