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> 37 Affordable Homes Lie Empty at Parkway, they may offload the 'good ones' first!
Andy Capp
post Sep 12 2013, 01:40 PM
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Reading the NWN, it seems our illustrious council agreed for the affordable home quota (which was paid for by the tax-payer to the tune of around £900,000.00) to remain empty until 'most' of the 'lucrative' homes there were sold first! According to the NWN, 19 can be released once 74 'private' homes are sold, but then 120 homes have to be occupied before the remain 18 can be made available.

Incredible.
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post Sep 12 2013, 03:03 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Sep 12 2013, 02:40 PM) *
Reading the NWN, it seems our illustrious council agreed for the affordable home quota (which was paid for by the tax-payer to the tune of around £900,000.00) to remain empty until 'most' of the 'lucrative' homes there were sold first! According to the NWN, 19 can be released once 74 'private' homes are sold, but then 120 homes have to be occupied before the remain 18 can be made available.

Incredible.

Quite the opposite, I find it more than credible. It's clear they're having difficulty selling these properties but I imagine that would be made considerably more challenging if the 'affordable' homes were populated with poorly-behaved tenants.

What are the arguments against a new housing estate built solely to meet the needs of those seeking affordable housing?
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post Sep 12 2013, 07:52 PM
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QUOTE (Claude @ Sep 12 2013, 04:03 PM) *
Quite the opposite, I find it more than credible. It's clear they're having difficulty selling these properties but I imagine that would be made considerably more challenging if the 'affordable' homes were populated with poorly-behaved tenants.

What are the arguments against a new housing estate built solely to meet the needs of those seeking affordable housing?


Ghettoisation
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post Sep 22 2013, 12:46 PM
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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ Sep 12 2013, 08:52 PM) *
Ghettoisation

That's not an argument against it, rather a description. The prices of these flats will soon drop once the social allocation starts to fill up. I feel sorry for those who have bought into the Newbury vision only to see their view blocked by graffiti, littering and foul mouthed neighbours.


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post Sep 22 2013, 06:14 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Sep 22 2013, 01:46 PM) *
That's not an argument against it, rather a description. The prices of these flats will soon drop once the social allocation starts to fill up. I feel sorry for those who have bought into the Newbury vision only to see their view blocked by graffiti, littering and foul mouthed neighbours.


Does that description apply to all tenants of Housing Association property or just the ones moving into new apartments?

I know people, new to the area, but have purchased. They think the 'social' allocation is for local people!


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post Sep 22 2013, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Sep 22 2013, 01:46 PM) *
That's not an argument against it, rather a description. The prices of these flats will soon drop once the social allocation starts to fill up. I feel sorry for those who have bought into the Newbury vision only to see their view blocked by graffiti, littering and foul mouthed neighbours.

I feel sorry for those people who cannot afford a home.
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post Sep 23 2013, 03:42 PM
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Yes, I do too but there are some who abuse the system which tarnishes the good guys.


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post Sep 23 2013, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Sep 22 2013, 01:46 PM) *
That's not an argument against it, rather a description. The prices of these flats will soon drop once the social allocation starts to fill up. I feel sorry for those who have bought into the Newbury vision only to see their view blocked by graffiti, littering and foul mouthed neighbours.


While I think I agree with your sentiment, I don't think all people in social housing are the kind of people to go on Jeremy Kyle show..


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post Sep 23 2013, 06:59 PM
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Nah, not all, just most!
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post Sep 23 2013, 09:18 PM
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That view is a bit high and mighty, isn't it?
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post Sep 23 2013, 09:51 PM
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Welcome to the Court of Public Opinion!
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post Sep 23 2013, 10:00 PM
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The Prime Minister presently has just rooms in rented accommodation and certainly doesn't pay a market rent. Arguably social housing, necessary because his 'key worker' job doesn't pay enough. Believe me, there are some pretty dreadful people in private houses; would you like living next door to me for example!


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post Sep 25 2013, 03:02 PM
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I have had a wander around the roof area of Parkway and was struck by how dreadful many of the flat/houselets are - like goldfish bowls - open plan living with a glass wall to the public walkways. They would have to pay me to live in one of those. On the other hand the flat I was visiting was perfectly pleasant and would have been a bargain at half the price.
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post Sep 25 2013, 07:28 PM
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I moved here from a house share in Streatham a month ago - job change and all that. Managed to get a small one bed flat looking over the shops. Receptionist at new office suggested it. Flat really great and surprisingly cheap, Morning commute just over half hour door to door. All local conveniences just outside. Have great new job, brilliant flat and a fast developing relationship with a Receptionist!
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post Sep 25 2013, 07:53 PM
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Goodness. A happy bunny indeed. I hope all 3 ventures continue well.
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post Sep 26 2013, 08:13 AM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Sep 25 2013, 04:02 PM) *
I have had a wander around the roof area of Parkway and was struck by how dreadful many of the flat/houselets are - like goldfish bowls - open plan living with a glass wall to the public walkways. They would have to pay me to live in one of those. On the other hand the flat I was visiting was perfectly pleasant and would have been a bargain at half the price.


But you won't ever have to look at someone's car through your front window!
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post Sep 26 2013, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE (Nothing Much @ Sep 25 2013, 08:53 PM) *
Goodness. A happy bunny indeed. I hope all 3 ventures continue well.
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Thank you!!

Still looking good! Day off today so I could see in some new bits of furniture - just been delivered so we are going for a long walk. Apparently there is even an outside swimming pool close by; so I'm going to be shown.
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post Sep 26 2013, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Sep 25 2013, 04:02 PM) *
I have had a wander around the roof area of Parkway and was struck by how dreadful many of the flat/houselets are - like goldfish bowls - open plan living with a glass wall to the public walkways. They would have to pay me to live in one of those. On the other hand the flat I was visiting was perfectly pleasant and would have been a bargain at half the price.

Most things are bargains at half the price.
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post Sep 26 2013, 08:37 AM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Sep 26 2013, 09:34 AM) *
Most things are bargains at half the price.

But not necessarily a good buy at full price.
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post Sep 26 2013, 10:05 AM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Sep 26 2013, 09:34 AM) *
Most things are bargains at half the price.

I presume you understand the sarcasm in the original post! wink.gif
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