Parked Affordable Housing section

The theory goes that estates in high-value areas are able to re-provide the existing levels of social housing via cross-subsidy from private housing, either for sale or rent, reinforced by increased density. In practice these good intentions get squeezed by developers whose bottom line is profit, and by housing associations who have lost government grant and now actively lobby for the ability to set their own rents as part of their new corporate aims.

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The carcass

How developers exploit the planning system.

Empty shell

4% of new affordable housing is social rent.

The frame

Housing associations lobby for rent freedom.