I think we need to see Birds Portchmouth Russum's much more interesting Prawns which must be lurking somewhere in the AJ image library.
Yeah. But it looks a lot better Mr Finch. Plenty of other spots. Some of 'em in Hackney.
Looks like a considerable improvement on the sober-sides, clip-on granite fakery of the original and makes much more of the underused street frontage.
A key plank of neo-liberal Thatcherism appears to have been removed by the Dancing Queen. Let's hope the economy doesn't fall through it. It is however, a long overdue loosening of local authority fiscal corsets. Foolish to have ever imagined you could tax the private developer to build enough social housing. The combination of not allowing councils to reinvest Right to Buy receipts, and S106 affordable housing requirements has been disastrous for 'affordable' housing supply, but brilliant for unaffordable housing supply. A new era dawns. And, if local authorities get it right, they will find their investment 'geared up on' by the private sector. The horse before the cart, finally. Carrots, not sticks.
Looking at London's "Eastside" where the City and Tower Hamlets meet, I've always thought it would be a good idea for there to be a "merger" between two truly "great" estates. The City has wealth, enormous economic vitality and not enough land. Tower Hamlets has Canary Wharf and a huge range of major development opportunities that could significantly adjust the wealth, well-being and life-opportunities of its much poorer residents and businesses. How exciting would that be?