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Talk at the London Development Agency reception, hosted by new chair Honor Chapman, included the extent to which all London boroughs could contribute to the housing effort. For example, the new Foster masterplan for the Elephant and Castle (project architect John Prevec - who is about to join Ken Shuttleworth at Make) suggests creation of 4,500 new homes. Another example is the 7,500 dwellings the council envisages around Brent Cross, where another ambitious masterplan is under way. Now suppose that each London borough enabled/approved/ procured 1,000 homes per year for 10 years.Wouldn't that address the London 'problem'without splattering estates on unsuitable sites all over the South East? And isn't the real problem that councils have been disenfranchised from the provision of new homes since Mrs Thatcher's election?

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