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Another Crap Housing Development

Further proof that the government doesn’t give a fuck about people,the environment, or quality of living and is only interested in feeding the business community and getting lucrative directorships is in this the BBC report( which doesn’t mention why this stuff happens or how many sustainable communities get so much trouble from bent councils and their mates in the planning department. ( whoops..) Read on…

Estate is ‘worst new development’

A housing estate in County Durham has been branded the worst new development in northern England, according to a government-funded buildings watchdog.

Only 6% of new developments across the North were rated as good in the The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) study.

Their report described the 141-home estate at Villa Real in Consett, as a “truly awful development”.

The builder Persimmon described it as much-needed affordable housing.

The estate, which scored the lowest in an audit of 93 new housing developments in the North, was criticised for its “identikit” appearance, its small garages and poor parking provision.

Cabe has hit out at the majority of new homes being built as failing to measure up on design quality. //Homes for people not profit – why not let us build our own low impact housing mate?

Developments completed between 2002 and January 2005 were examined for their character, roads, parking and pedestrianisation, construction environment and community.

Architectural quality

The study said recurrent problems include poorly defined streets and public space, illogical site layouts and the failure to create a distinct sense of place. -The could also mention non-environmentally friendly building materials or non-sustainable communities. ( great for the big supermarkets)

A spokesman said the overall standard of the vast majority of the schemes fell substantially below what was needed to realise the aims of government plans for sustainable communities.

Of the Villa Real development of detached and semi-detached homes, Cabe said there was “a complete failure to create a sense of character and identity, consisting of identikit houses with no architectural quality and no reference to the local vernacular.”

Peter Jordan, regional projects director for Persimmon, said: “The type of housing that was built in Consett at that time in a very price-sensitive marked has done exactly what it says on the tin. — what a shit head!!!

“People wanted houses with gardens and parking and garages, and that’s what they’ve got. It has kept people in the town.”

Cabe called for house builders and local planning authorities to work closer for the benefit of home buyers. //This is not the answer. It’s all about capitalism and landownership -power,profits,slavery and theft,wouln’t you agree? Read Cotters and Squatters or see the Land Is Ours website for more details.


ALMOs corruption speech

Former health secretary Frank Dobson of the privatisation obsessed labour Party said: “If they sent in international observers from the UN to look at these ALMO ballots they’d be denounced as invalid. Vote for the ALMO and you’ll get your house done up – don’t vote for the almo and you’ll live in a shit-heap for ever more. Now is that a fair choice?”

Dobson claimed that government-backed ballots on the future management of council housing would be denounced as invalid if they were scrutinised by United Nations election observers.

Speaking at Defend Council Housing’s annual conference, Mr Dobson claimed that local referendums on whether tenants would accept new management for their council housing involved “rigging, bribery and corruption of every sort that you can imagine”.

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Alt Housing Conference 2005

This years venue is at Open Arts Platform, Old Seager Distillery, Deptford, London . It’s on Saturday, 29 October 2005 from10am till 5pm and admission is FREE. You should attend.

Visting the Alternative Housing Conference site will give you an idea of what previous yeards have covered with everything from Squat Social centres, planning law for eco-projects, earth ships, and fund raising for alt. communties. There is also audio from previous years.

This year’s conference will be following a slightly different vein to the usual “Alternative Housing” focus; instead it tries to fuse the aims of independent community/ co-operative groups in South East London that are aiming to realise the “Social Economy” in our area and “media-centric” groups which are trying to realise a means of networking the wide, disparate range of community groups. We shall examine what is happening in South East London, how community groups are using media (or not) to gain presence, how art/ media/ design could aid the social economy, demonstrating how the social economy is beneficial to the world of art/ media/ design, using real projects to demonstrate these points. The aim of the conference is to see how the two areas (Social Economy and Art/ Media/ Design) can aid one another in their aims/ goals and how media is being used in a constructive and positive manner.

The conference will be accompanied by workshops that will give those wishing to start a projects practical advice on how to go about setting up and how to finance themselves.

The theme reads: “Progressing the Social Economy through Art/ Media/Design and vice versa…” thus:

“Progressing”: progress, taking further, enhancing, developing, evolving

“Social Economy”: the economic system made up community/ co-operative/business groups which embrace both financial and social goals, such as housing co-operatives, workers co-operatives. The social economy is the sector of activity that functions for social purposes. It seeks to achieve all or some of the following criteria: sustainable and self financing; activity of benefit to those who are involved in it; to address the needs of those who are currently disadvantaged; to encourage the ethic of self help; to replace dependency with self reliance; to enhance the social fabric of a community. For the full description visit the Social Economy Info Sheet

“Art/ Media/ Design”: “Art” (any medium, galleries, studios), “Media” (radio, TV, music, print, advertising, internet (web and infrastructure)) and “Design” (graphic,interior, advertising, product) are wide, generic terms to incorporate a range of media options and infrastructure which relate to the making the Social Economy visible.

“vice versa”: as art/ media/ design can help the social economy, the social economy can certainly help make art accessible to more people through its supportive network and cheaper living, working and running costs.

For more information visit their site or contact James McDonald on 02086927316.

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