Since starting this blog I have been approached by a number of University students asking for information about housing design, housing estates, and related matters. Rather than creating a new list each time I am putting the list here.

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Manor Estate Sheffield

The category groupings that follow are general owing to the overlap in subject matter among the papers many of which fall into more than one category. This rather arbitrary list is intended as a starting point for your housing research and is by no means a definitive guide.
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How the media distort Left and Right

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This compilation of clips from last night’s Question Time deserves to be more widely seen and so I’m posting it here. Each one of the contributors makes a valid point about how reasonable the Corbyn manifesto is in historical terms and why it ought to be supported.

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This is so good I’m copying from the Guardian with a link to the full article …

The great turning points in terms of UK General Elections were 1945 and 1979. The Attlee victory in 1945 ushered in a new era of public ownership and state intervention as the UK sought to rebuild the nation after a decade and a half of war and depression. The country was shattered, exhausted, its economy broken, its infrastructure in tatters. Workers were in no mood to return to the pre-war days of the 1930’s and were demanding a better deal, a land fit for heroes. … read on

I agree with every word of it and encourage anybody thinking of voting Tory to think again. John Crace already calls May Kim-Jong-May and for good reason. She decided on an election the day after Erdogan won his narrow victory in Turkey. Coincidence or not?

Southwark News reports that leaseholders in Peckham are facing a large bill for major works. This has always been one of the downsides of being either a first (got the discount) or second generation (didn’t get the discount) right to buy leaseholder. I made a comment below the article in the hope of starting a discussion but this hasn’t happened and so I’m going to repeat the comment here:-

“Refund those leaseholders who so choose the money they paid for the flats in the first place and change their terms back to those of a council tenant. Both parties gain. The leaseholder gets a lump sum, keeps their home and the council gets a property back on their books.”

That’s what I think. This is a very clear cut and specific case. This is not like regeneration where a leaseholder tackles a loss of home and the estate, this is a case where there ought to be (in my opinion) a straight foward buy back option by the council so that a leaseholder not able to afford the major works bill can return to being a council tenant by a refund of the money they paid for the flat.

The alternative is worse in that they would probably be repossessed and made homeless and I fear an application to the council for emergency housing under those circumstances might go badly.

The whole thing is a mess created by right to buy but we are where we are.

Peckham estate leaseholders to be hit with £115,000 ‘major works’ bills by council

Christine stands her ground

“Despite retiring, Derek and Christine have no intention of slowing down. They want to move from Huddersfield to the south east of England but simply can’t afford the house prices. Their radical solution? At 71-years-old, Derek is attempting to build his first house from scratch.” from the BBC page.


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Phil, Sam and Krystle in Forest Hill – July 2016

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Jules and Geordie on a bench in Regents Park in London

The character who seems to me the least successful and yet most likeable is Geordie played by Daniel Craig, who by accident or design is a drifter. Of the four of them his life appears to be the least planned out, and the least fortunate, especially given that his earlier success in Soho was based on criminal activity, which was never likely to end well.

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Tosker Nicky
Mary Geordie

Four friends in Newcastle have the strands of their lives interwoven with the political and economic events over three decades. Superficially it’s a nine hour film about housing, but it’s much more than that.

The Labour Party, corruption in public life and housing, the rise and fall of T. Dan Smith (Mr Newcastle), John Poulson and Reginald Maudling, sleaze in Soho, corruption in the Met, the Tories rise to power, the violence and politics of the Miners’ strike in 1984 to name but a few of the political events covered.

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Felix has dementia

Four friends in Newcastle have the strands of their lives interwoven with the political and economic events over three decades. Superficially it’s a nine hour film about housing, but it’s much more than that.

The Labour Party, corruption in public life and housing, the rise and fall of T. Dan Smith (Mr Newcastle), John Poulson and Reginald Maudling, sleaze in Soho, corruption in the Met, the Tories rise to power, the violence and politics of the Miners’ strike in 1984 to name but a few of the political events covered.

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Scabs

Four friends in Newcastle have the strands of their lives interwoven with the political and economic events over three decades. Superficially it’s a nine hour film about housing, but it’s much more than that.

The Labour Party, corruption in public life and housing, the rise and fall of T. Dan Smith (Mr Newcastle), John Poulson and Reginald Maudling, sleaze in Soho, corruption in the Met, the Tories rise to power, the violence and politics of the Miners’ strike in 1984 to name but a few of the political events covered.

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