26 April 2013 – In London Lend Lease and other developers are facing community backlash that is far more fierce than pesky community activists – “treehuggers” or not – wanting to protect their neighbourhood character and amenity, the common battle on Australian soil.
Activists under the banner of the, Self Organised London collective, are trying to protect their patch of low income homes and view the onslaught of upmarket modern housing they can’t afford as “social cleansing”.
An recent article on Dazed Digital, claims land at Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle in London was “sold off to the multinational property developers Lend Lease at a criminally low price, the council pledged 35 per cent of the new pads would be affordable. But Southwark Council documents reveal that a tiny number of the new flats will be council houses, while only 25 per cent will fall under the misleading bracket of ‘affordable’, which means anything up to 80 per cent of market rent – £220 a week for a one-bedroom flat.
“The average income in Southwark is £17,000, and there are 20,000 people on its housing waiting list.”
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