If the Tories are worried about insufficient population density in Inner London, then Architects for Social Housing (ASH) formally recommends building in the London Borough of Westminster, which has a far lower density of residents (11,109 per km²) than in Tower Hamlets (14,201 per km²), Hackney (13,850) and Lambeth (11,358), the boroughs whose council estates the Housing Minister and his Chancellor want to replace with high-rise deposit boxes for off-shore companies.
ASH is launching a petition to knock down Downing Street, Whitehall, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament (to start with) and replace them with much needed council housing. We recommend relocating Parliament to Leicester, which in addition to being the geographical centre of England, and therefore the ideal location for the Tories’ Middle-England voters, is badly in need of the boost to its economy that these company CEOs and hereditary millionaires will bring.
Meanwhile, ASH will be drawing up the plans for what we hope London’s council residents will universally vote for as Option 1: Full demolition of these newly designated ‘brownfield sites’. After all, it’s not as if the Queen, the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament don’t have second (and third, and fourth) homes to go to.
ASH has conducted a preliminary viability assessment of these redevelopment plans, and the savings on state-funded expense claims for MPs and the Royal family, aligned with the state already having footed the bill for their homes outside London, makes this a sound financial investment, allowing the new developments to be 100% council housing.
At a rough estimate, ASH thinks we can build 1,500 river-view council homes on Parliament Estate, and homes for a further 4,500 homeless families on Buckingham Estate, the latter to be put aside for young families whose children will benefit from the extensive attached gardens.
ASH will shortly be announcing an open competition for architects to design these as well as the other projected estates on our accompanying map of Westminster’s brownfield land, the development of which will go a considerable way to eradicating London’s current housing shortage.
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