Anger is growing over the number of ‘post ghost towers’ given planning permission in London while thousands lack affordable housing. Tony Hutchinson assesses the logic. In a city where every inch of land is precious and for which there are multiple competing uses, the development of homes that won’t be lived in and are only affordable to the super rich seems perverse. There is justifiable anger that local councils in the capital seem to allow these ‘posh ghost towers’ through planning with little challenge. This is despite in many cases the schemes fail to comply with local planning policy especially in terms of sub-market, affordable homes. These are largely towers, not that towers are necessarily wrong, but towers with facilities like a high grade hotel and service charges to match, that do little to meet the needs of the people who make the city work. The people who work in transport, catering, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Tony Hutchinson

Tony Hutchinson is a housing consultant. He has worked for the Housing Corporation, in senior management for housing providers and has led area based renewal programmes and major capital programmes with recent examples including Streatham Hub, Watford Health Campus, The Avenue near Chesterfield and Townhill Park Southampton.