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DietCokeGirl

All lost in the supermarket
Anybody familiar with Anthology - a housing company apparently HQ'd at Borough High Street? Recently acquired Duggard Way former Lambeth Workhouse site from SLAM - but apparently guaranteed the future of the Cinema Museum.
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If you Google Antholgy-social-housing all sorts of "affordable" schemes pop up - Wembley, Deptford Foundry etc.

Anthology seem to make much of helping the Mayor meet his truly affordable homes target. They also use a segmented approach to their accounts. Each development has its own company (Anthology 6, Anthology 7 etc) just like Antic.

Presumably comes in quite handy if you want to sell off one site to another developer, or shift the money around to "adjust" the profits.
I heard that are offering the museum the "option" to purchase the building from them, and so secure their fruture. Not so altruistic, more business as usual.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
This thread needs a bump. Someone recommended this Channel Four programme about the need for a new approach to council housing. It's a bit populist - the programme maker, an architect, decries the use of the word "unit".

He interviews Kate Mackintosh at Dawson Heights and visits a massive social housing complex on the outskirts of Vienna which has 16 GPs, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, shops and massive climbing plants up the walls.

Looks like the Barrier Block meets Quatermass on Mars. Talking of which there is a least one voice-over shot of the back of "The Viaduct" and the Barrier Block across the Brixton railway lines (maybe from Pop Brixton roof?)

Apparently this guy outraged "The Sun" in one of his renovation programmes by ripping out Edwardian panelling and replacing with slate. Chacun à son goût.

George Clarke's Council House Scandal - On Demand - All 4
(20 days left to view as at 10/8/2019)
 

oryx

Sitting on the bock of the day
This thread needs a bump. Someone recommended this Channel Four programme about the need for a new approach to council housing. It's a bit populist - the programme maker, an architect, decries the use of the word "unit".

He interviews Kate Mackintosh at Dawson Heights and visits a massive social housing complex on the outskirts of Vienna which has 16 GPs, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, shops and massive climbing plants up the walls.

Looks like the Barrier Block meets Quatermass on Mars. Talking of which there is a least one voice-over shot of the back of "The Viaduct" and the Barrier Block across the Brixton railway lines (maybe from Pop Brixton roof?)

Apparently this guy outraged "The Sun" in one of his renovation programmes by ripping out Edwardian panelling and replacing with slate. Chacun à son goût.

George Clarke's Council House Scandal - On Demand - All 4
(20 days left to view as at 10/8/2019)
Already a thread about it - generally a popular programme on here. There's a petition associated with it. Happy 100th Birthday, Council Housing.
 
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Paul Hill

Think Hard!
Excuse this gratuitous post. Last Monday (25th Sept) City AM carried it's regular Shared ownership week" supplement.

For the secod year in a row they carried a double page promo for Guinness Trust - and probably did not even re-write it to take account that this is now spupposed to be "Electric Quarter".

I would like to know how it is the case that "You don't even have to be a first time buyer" to get one of their shared ownership "affordable" homes.

Presumably these homes are provided with a government subsidy of some sort. Why is this payable to Guinness Trust is they are housing people who don't actually need affordable housing?
(NB I would have provided a City AM link instead of posting all this - but there isn't one. There is however a Guinness Trust link here: Loughborough Park, Lambeth - The Guinness Partnership)
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Before doing anything with Guinness read the following:

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/Guinness-Partnership-Reviews-E768437.htm

and this too:

The Guinness Partnership is rated "Bad" with 1.1 / 10 on Trustpilot

Then pass it on
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
The Trustpilot reviews are fascinating. However problem tenants/neighbours surely come with any social housing, whether council or HA.
I would agree if you said that devolving ownership and control of social housing probably makes it more difficult to deal with these issues.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
Laurie Taylor dealt with social housing this week BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Estates
Having interviewed someone who discussed the branding of some council estates such as the Tulse Hill Estate as sink estates years ago, he slightly tarnished his reputation for political correctness by quoting the aphorism of Mark Twain at the end - Buy Land - they're not making it any more.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Listened to world service programme on housing this yesterday.

around the 45 minute mark they interviewed this guy who is involved in a community land trust in Lambeth. Considering the domination of the housing market by exploitative private landlords ( but that I mean the Buy to Let types not someone just letting a room in their house. )/ developers this project is pitifully small. Not the fault of those involved. But its not enough. Government needs to step Inn to give private landlords/ developers a hard time of it



The programme was interesting as it had people form different parts of the world. UK, Germany, Africa and Eastern Europe.
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Africa and UK have neo liberal model of housing . So there is a great deal of inequality in housing and it fails to provide housing for the mass of people that is affordable.

Germany is the "anomoly" in capitalist world as it has highly regulated housing market. Berlin council has made a rent freeze for all its housing. In Germany most people rent. Private renters have security of tenure and regulated rents.

Eastern Europe most people under communism lived in social housing blocks. When communism was replaced by capitalism they got their flats due to privatisation of housing ( anything smacking of socialism was ditched). Now the housning stock in Eastern Europe is crumbling. The former Communist tenants can't afford the upkeep on the privatised former socially owned housing. So capitalism isn't that wonderful after all.

In this country the property developer/ landlord class has a free reign to milk the workers dry.

So what came out of programme was this state of affairs is not inevitable . Doesn't matter whether its a "third world" country or advanced Western country its state intervention in housing market that makes the difference.

No surprise the landlord / developer class aren't there for social good. They need at least reining in by the state in the name of the people.

This process is described well in Mike Davis book Planet of Slums. Which was not mentioned in the programme.

Interesting programme to show that property developers and landlords in this country have an easy time of it exploiting the less well off. That it would not take much to do something about these kind of people if the political will was there.

 
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