Residents in affordable housing at Rathbone Square complain of poor quality materials and design

Front of building.

Great Portland Estates may have been awarded "Property Developer of the Year" but people living in "affordable" homes at its Rathbone Square site in Fitzrovia are struggling to live in poorly designed flats and are watching their bathrooms fall apart mere weeks after they moved in. Residents complain of high service charges, incompetent management, rotting …

Mortgage providers will not lend for affordable homes at West End site

Front of building.

A Westminster council planning committee is being asked to approve a legal agreement to enable affordable homes at a landmark West End development to be re-sold at market prices because mortgage lenders will no longer finance the type of property offered. The "intermediate affordable" homes are at Rathbone Square, part of a major development by …

Camden and Westminster want to relax requirements for affordable housing in Fitzrovia

Scaffolding worker on site.

The prospects for securing any further affordable housing in Fitzrovia appear to be narrowing as both Camden and Westminster want to change their statutory planning guidance in favour of major developers. It is in the interests of developers to reduce the amount spent on affordable housing to an absolute minimum and many commission confidential ‘viability …

Camden Council forced into u-turn on amendment to affordable housing guidance

Road sign: Euston Road, Camden, NW1.

A barrage of objections from community groups has forced Camden Council's planners to ditch proposals which would allow money raised from property development in south Camden to be spent elsewhere. The proposals would have meant payments in lieu for social housing raised through s106 agreements from construction projects in the three southern wards  — Bloomsbury, Holborn & Covent Garden, …

Camden Council must not waste an opportunity to gain housing

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Camden Council's planning committee is due to make a decision this month on plans to redevelop a former hospital building in Fitzrovia. But despite the site being identified for housing the proposals would deliver only two affordable homes. UCLH Charity seeks to redevelop Arthur Stanley House in Tottenham Street by refurbishing the main building and constructing an extension at the rear. The …

Lack of affordable housing is diminishing our mixed neighbourhood

Row of Georgian houses.

The news of 88 affordable homes being completed across three sites in Fitzrovia is good news, but the number of homes is far short of what we should expect from planning policy and S106 agreements. At the Fitzroy Place development, out of 291 homes only 54 (17 percent) are affordable and only 40 of those are for …

Three sites will deliver affordable housing in Fitzrovia

Front of residential building.

After all the demolition and building work, Fitzrovia will finally benefit from some much-needed affordable housing. Three sites are either completed or nearing completion at Fitzroy Place, Ogle Street, and Whitfield Place. Together they will deliver a total of 88 affordable homes of which 62 will be for social rent. Octavia Housing will manage 54 …

Proposals for Arthur Stanley House are unacceptable say community groups

Computer graphic of building.

Plans for the redevelopment of a former hospital building in Tottenham Street have been criticised as unacceptable and will fail to comply with borough and local strategic plans to deliver housing and public open space. The proposals which were unveiled at a public exhibition in November are for a mostly office development with only two affordable housing …

Affordable housing, viability, and profit

Cover of viability report.

Westminster City Council’s planning applications committee number 4 decided this week to defer a decision on an application to renegotiate a contribution to affordable housing. Instead members of the committee will take the unusual step of “seeing the viability report” and allowing “the applicant to consider a higher affordable housing payment”. In November 2013 the council …

Developer wants reduced affordable housing payment to Westminster Council

Front of building in Eastcastle Street.

A property developer who agreed with Westminster City Council to make a payment for affordable housing is now is pleading poverty and wants to reduce to the contribution to less than half. And Westminster's planners agree, in spite of the fact that the building is close to a Crossrail station. In November 2013 the council …

Housing trust conjures up a tea party at children’s playground

Conjurer entertaining.

Local housing charity The Fitzrovia Trust held a tea party at the Fitzrovia Children's Playground in Whitfield Street this afternoon (Sunday 6 July). Children took part in games, face-painting and were entertained by a conjurer. The event was sponsored by the Fitzrovia Partnership. The Fitzrovia Trust acquires mixed-use properties to provide high quality affordable housing and works closely with councils …

Office block on Foley Street to become luxury flats with affordable parking

A Westminster Council planning committee has given permission for an office block in Foley Street to be converted into luxury flats with no affordable housing on site and only a derisory contribution to the council's affordable housing fund. It seems the committee was more concerned about making sure the future occupants had somewhere affordable to …

Camden refuses UCLH’s application to remove affordable housing obligation from workhouse site

By News Reporters Camden Council has refused an application by UCLH NHS Foundation Trust to modify a section 106 agreement to provide affordable housing on the site of the former Strand Union Workhouse and Middlesex Hospital Annex at Cleveland Street. UCLH had applied under section 106BA of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act to …

UCLH wants to rip up s106 agreement to provide social housing on workhouse site

By News Reporters UCLH NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to remove a section 106 agreement to provide social housing on the site of the former Strand Union Workhouse on Cleveland Street. UCLH say the obligation to provide the housing together with the recent heritage listing of part of the former workhouse is "blocking development and …

Westminster Council criticised over affordable housing after super-rich buy Fitzrovia apartments for millions

By News Reporters While tenants in the City of Westminster are struggling to pay their rent in the face of rising property values and housing benefit caps, luxury apartments due to be built on a plot in Fitzrovia are being sold off-plan in Hong Kong and Singapore for up to £8,500,000 a piece. Channel NewsAsia …