23 February 2011

Developers should follow Westfield's example and include social housing

We'll reserve full judgment about Westfield's plans to build 1,200 homes around White City until the details are clearer. But one thing we can welcome in principle - the intention to include social housing.

How different from the controversial plans by King Street Developments to build two 14-storey blocks of flats in King Street W6, which will contain no social housing and deprive that to the east of the site of light. They will, however, destroy the art deco Cineworld and a home for the blind, not to mention the skyline.

We're not clear whether Orion's plans for hefty seven-storey blocks of flats on top of Shepherds Bush Market include social housing. If not, they should.

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