Published: 23 July, 2015
• IT is easy for Lymington Road residents, home owners and council tenants, sitting in their nice comfortable sitting rooms, watching their flat-screen TVs, looking forward to a nice, settled future, (Letters, July 2 and 9) to start a campaign to “stop the blocks” being built in the West Hampstead area, or in other words I’m sitting nice and pretty, so b****x to anyone out there, and there are many, in desperate need of a home without half a mill’ in their back pocket.
“I don’t want any more building, it’s gonna cast a shadow, it’s gonna block my view, it’s gonna disrupt my day, we’ve got enough parking problems” (all reasons given on the street by anti-development campaigners) are nimby arguments.
West Hampstead is not a village, nor does it have a village feel as some would have you believe, it is a small dot on the map of London.
What we need is a lot more homes for social and “affordable” rent as well as starter homes for first-time and middle- market buyers.
As a life-long Labour voter I hate to say this, but there is one area of the economy where the Thatcher/Regan theory of “trickle-down” works – and that is housing.
If you exclude the top end of the market, in most cases when someone buys a home their previous home becomes available.
What we need to stop is not buy-to-rent, as by its very nature someone will be living there.
The curse, which will turn to blight, is buy-to-leave.
The four buildings proposed for the Travis Perkins site, at only eight floors they cannot be called towers, will provide 60 social, 40 intermediate homes (which includes part-buy and discounted rents) and 100 for sale; which matches Camden’s minimum.
Given that they have allowed Ballymore to get away with no social housing, that they own the Travis Perkins site and are selling it to a housing association, we should be expecting a lot more social housing.
That is my only objection to the plan.
Iverson Road, NW6