Sunday 24 April 2005 8.07pm
Jackie, this isn't meant to be provocative but you can't live at the top of a high-rise block that was responsible for blocking other people's views and then become sanctimonious when the same thing happens to you.
It is a fact of London living that it has become necessary for developers to build higher and higher blocks in order to make a decent profit from creating housing units. It is stated government policy that housing densities should be almost as high as possible so that they can burden the developers with building "affordable housing" so that they don't have to do it themselves.
You should be bemoaning the fact that the local authorities aren't developing their own considerable landbank of brownfield land to provide good quality housing for key workers and the like rather than forcing developers to do it for them. When a developer is forced to ensure that up to 50% of their units are "affordable" it simply pushes up the price of the private units so that they can make their required profit thereby exacerbating the situation that made housing unaffordable for the key workers in the first place.
Anyway, just to clarify, I live in a flat that is in the middle of a building site that, when completed,
will result in me having very little light and no view. I knew that the land beside me was under-developed and that eventually a new large office block or the like would be constructed next to me. If you were unaware that there was potential to have a large building constructed on the site next to you then maybe you should seek recourse from you solicitor or surveyor who should have pointed this out to you during conveyancing.
By the way I am no fan of Berkeley Homes as I once tried to view one of their developments and I couldn't actually get in as they said that I had to have pre-registered months in advance and were very rude to me and many others.