A furious row has broken out over Boris Johnson’s plans for a “floating village” of 50 luxury homes in the Docklands.
…the scheme was condemned by Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales for creating a new “yuppie ghetto” in East London and called for a total rethink.
He said: ”We have always been clear that any new development must provide affordable housing and an acceptable mix of uses along with much needed long-term jobs for local people.
“The current plans for the floating village do not meet our vision or the Greater London Authority’s own London Plan. Newham Council cannot, and will not, accept a development consisting purely of luxury apartments which will be out of reach of the majority of our residents.”
Being ‘out of reach of the majority of Newham’s residents’ is precisely why such a development is so eagerly sought after, of course.
Sir Robin said: “The GLA and Carillion Igloo Genesis need to look again at their plans and ensure that there is sufficient affordable housing provided by the scheme and a range of other amenities to serve the existing community as well as any new residents.”
Do you suppose Sir Robin lives cheek by jowl with the typical denizen of Newham?
Do you suppose his nearest neighbours are a family of Somali asylum seekers or Shazneese and Duwayne and assorted children of dubious parentage and social skills?
No. Me neither.