Who Owns Havering?

If you want to know what’s in store for the area you live in, start looking at who owns the land. You’ll be surprised what can be unearthed…

HAVERING SPECIAL

With a population of around 65 million and a land mass of 60 million acres, in theory every person in Britain should have about one acre of land each.  But as I’m sure most of us here already know, in real life things are very different – with one recent study claiming that 69% of this nation’s land is in the hands of a tiny 0.6% of the population.  Those diligent folk over at the Who Owns England? blog have produced an interactive map showing us who exactly is laying claim to large swathes of the country (or at least the English part of it).  This is quite some feat, when you bear in mind the murky and secretive nature of many landowners and investment firms.  Looking at the Havering part of the map reveals a few curious things – with a surprising number of overseas-based owners.  So…

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The Truth about Grenfell Tower: A Report by Architects for Social Housing

This is an incredibly long read but if you want a forensic examination of the systemic failures that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster, this is the place to go…

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A PDF file of this report is available here: The Truth about Grenfell Tower

On Thursday, 22 June, 2017, in response to the Grenfell Tower fire the previous week, Architects for Social Housing held an open meeting in the Residents Centre of Cotton Gardens estate in Lambeth. Around 80 people turned up and contributed to the discussion – residents, housing campaigners, journalists, lawyers, academics, engineers and architects. Below is an edited film of the meeting made for us by Line Nikita Woolfe, with the assistance of Luc Beloix on camera and additional footage by Dan Davies, and is produced by her company Woolfe Vision. The presentations we gave that evening are the basis of this report, to which we have added our subsequent research as well as that collated from the numerous articles on the Grenfell Tower fire published in the press and elsewhere, to which we have attached…

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