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I give up http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/19/take-a-dip-35-metres-up-in-londons-sky-pool
Henry Pryor, a buying agent for wealthy clients, said he thought the plans for the pool were “genuinely crackers” and wondered “are there enough exhibitionists to fill it?”. He said: “It’s not easy to say for sure what the extras like pools, tennis courts and home cinemas add to a home, but for the first time I can honestly say that whilst my admiration for the architect is close to reverence this absurd addition must surely be the biggest mistake I have ever come across.”
Pretty sure either a swimming pool, cinema or tennis court would add to my home.
Then: "...biggest mistake I have ever come across.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I guess you can't damage a listed building, but clearly there's nothing to stop you removing it from view by completely encasing it in shit identikit flats for absent millionaires.
As part of the 18,000 new homes that are being built.
i believe it varies from authority to authority, but e.g. Edinburgh has six affordable tenures, ranging from full-on social renting to mid-market rent to various shared equity schemes. plus there's the whole redefining 'affordable' to be 80% of market rent thing...
which is pretty poor
as Nine Elms stretches over 2 boroughs (Wandsworth and Lambeth) who both have their own set of definitions of 'affordable housing'.
However, according to the article: "So what we're ending up with at Nine Elms is a variety of schemes. One's funding a block for frail elderly people. One development's paying for new social housing, charged at around 40-45% of borough-wide market rents. Developer Bellway, on the old Christie's warehouse site, is providing 76 affordable homes but also 114 homes specifically set aside for the private rental sector — a 'build to rent' scheme where the properties are managed by decent, large scale landlords, and something we like. So long as central government isn't funding genuinely affordable housebuilding on a massive scale we'll have to rely on this hotch-potch approach of cobbling together money from private development and — when you consider what else has been funded by the levies — Nine Elms has done the best it can."