No Urban Village?

It’s a real shame to hear that Crisis lack the support needed to build their Urban Village in London.

The plan, you may recall, is to create affordable housing for the city’s low-paid key workers, as well as the homeless, who would benefit from on-site training and counselling.

Such a model has worked well in New York; so well, in fact, that their fourth Common Ground project is soon to open.

The Observer today reported that opposition to the scheme from local councillors, following a less than enthusiastic response from residents, has scuppered plans for development at the latest potential site.

Locals don’t seem to like the idea of having so many people with mental health problems moving into their neighbourhood.

Crisis estimate that there are some 40,000 people living on the streets of London, in squats or B&Bs. There is also a great need for affordable housing, with 60,000 public sector workers expected to leave London, due to the capital’s high living costs, within the next decade.

Five years after David gave such strong support for this integrated community, why can’t they get it off the ground?

What do you think?

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