Category Archives: Housing

Tory housing strategy that does nothing to build more homes

BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, on the missed opportunity of the housing Green Paper, published yesterday The housing Green Paper, published yesterday, had been promised for some considerable time. They were even working on a government housing strategy document when … Continue reading

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MP Jones ‘shocked’ as Philp’s new money claim proves false

Two of Croydon’s MPs have been in a spat over the details of the Tory Government’s latest initiative to help the homeless, after Croydon South Conservative MP Chris Philp was wheeled out for the broadcast media on Sunday night and … Continue reading

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Man’s ‘life-threatening’ condition ignored by housing team

Another week, and yet another very critical judgement of Croydon Council passed down from the Local Government Ombudsman. An LGO report has been made public which criticises Croydon Council for failing to take into account a man’s life-threatening health conditions … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick gets V&A Museum to artwash housing schemes

Brick by Brick has won more vacuous awards in its three-year existence than it has built houses (current total: 0). Now, it is turning Croydon into a museum artefact, for tourists to gawp at, as BARRATT HOLMES reports Brick by … Continue reading

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Housing market dips before Brick by Brick finishes first build

Brick by Brick’s gamble with millions of pounds of council-owned land and tax-payers’ money is looking like an increasingly risky punt, as estate agents and the construction industry are reporting down-turns in the housing market. Of course, if Croydon’s Labour-run … Continue reading

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£63m ‘slippage’ in council budget caused by Brick by Brick

Simon Hall, the council cabinet member responsible for Town Hall finances, has admitted that the slow progress being made by Brick by Brick, Croydon’s wholly owned housing developer, has created a £63million “slippage” in the council’s already under-pressure budget. Labour … Continue reading

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Mayor hands residents power of veto over estate developments

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on a U-turn by the Mayor of London that comes complete with a bundle of questions Residents’ groups across the borough, and their lawyers, will be poring over the details of a policy change by … Continue reading

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