STAR and Tottenham Hale updates Jan 7, 2016 21:50:26 GMT via mobile
Post by stu on Jan 7, 2016 21:50:26 GMT
I'm sorry you don't like my tone but I am not at all happy about the state of housing and development in London. It's gone mad in recent years and it is largely out of step with the needs of ordinary people on average wages. It is also partly designed on the unstated premise of ghettoisation - only rich people can afford to live in the newest / best developments. The current market is unsustainable - something will give at some point and there will be a very costly correction. I believe we need a publicly funded programme of housing investment that is then available at genuinely affordable rents. That is the only way, short of a massive housing market crash, that essential workers will be able to afford to settle and live in decent mixed communities. Cities only work properly with a proper viable social and economic mix. I believe London has prospered over many generations because it has broadly worked to those principles. I believe recent and current policies are possibly leading us in the opposite direction as poor people are shoved out of inner London leading to all sorts of issues - including significant transport challenges. I have yet to see any joined up policy thinking about how to start to deal with those existing challenges never mind those we face in the future.
Not much to object to in the overall thrust of your post, although 'almost' every sentence is capable of challenge, which I don't propose to do! However, we must recognise that the landscape has changed since the last election and subsidies are flowing from rental accommodation to home ownership. Is it really true that people are being moved out of inner London, which I think of as zones 1-3? The evidence is thin. To come back to transport, in - what seems to be - your neck of the woods. My personal view is that projects such as STAR and Crossrail 2 are actually partly designed to transport the below-average waged to the 'central activity zone'. I further suspect that the great majority of the massive amount of new homes will be in the 'affordable' range. Red-trousered Fulhamites will be thin on the ground.