The War to Live in London: Regeneration Game (Part 1/3)


In the run up to the 2015 general election, a war is going on for the right to live in London. Rapid gentrification – praised as “regeneration” by local councils and property developers, derided as “social cleansing” by critics – is breaking up established communities. In some cases, families who’ve lived in London for generations are left homeless; in others, they are forced to move across the city or out of it completely. Meanwhile, the real estate opportunities are making lots of people – many of whom do not actually live in London – very rich.

In part one of Regeneration Game, host Daisy-May Hudson visits the Carpenters Estate in Newham, the borough with the biggest homelessness crisis in London. With Westfield shopping centre, the Olympic site and excellent transport links surrounding the area, the land on which people’s homes stand has rocketed in value. The council has said the Carpenters Estate is no longer “viable” and has been slowly trying to relocate residents over the last eight years – but a group of local mums are leading the fight back.

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  1. Lucas Fernandez 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    BUILD 👏 ON 👏 THE 👏 GREEN 👏 BELT!!! These British can just build there and all the housing problems will be solved. The rich can have their high rises. The middle class and poor can move out to new suburban communities on the green belt. Everyone wins that way

  2. patricia poston 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    I am tired of people complaining about poor people having kids that lack education and other job required skills. First of all when people practice birth control and the birth rate declines the Government is the first one to complain stating that their won't be future generations for employment and jobs and to fill military positions. That the older populations will not have enough younger people working to help and to support the older generation. So they encourage you to have children that you are not ready for or they make you feel guilty and that's it's like your civil duty to have children that then all of sudden they don't have housing, decent schools, training and jobs for after the parents have raised them 18-20 plus years. People grow up and wake up. They literally have us all on a damn hamster wheel going round and round but we are not getting anything and not going anywhere. Only ones truly benefitting are those at the very top and the top.

  3. Nabil mehasien 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    The reduction of real estate investment – the end of housing problem now- part 18

  4. charlie cheeseface 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    It's not fair,I want to live in Monte Carlo,and Jersey, but I can't afford it..there should be help for people like me…why can't we all live where we want to…? If we had commu.nism there would be homes for london but communism and capitalism don't mix..with communism you don't get fancy pay packets just food water and a roof..which is what I had in the fifties..

  5. Sir unknown 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    it is not about housing, homelessness, it is about location, should we as taxpayers pay subsidized rents for them?! they could go north, west, there is a lot cheaper, 3x cheaper. and how people who rent privately can compete with people who in council houses, the same salary, different expenses, ridiculous.

  6. jay rider 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    I watched a documentary of pregnant women sneaking in to London just in time to give birth and then the UK gives her housing food Cash. Then she continues having more kid's when her boyfriend sneaks over. The benefits get bigger and bigger. Bigger house etc. I have never been to the UK because I don't have the money. What a bunch of B.S!!!

  7. downtongabby 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Seriously, people of the UK crack me up. In America you get evicted for whatever reason, there's absolutely NO back up for you, no assistance. What a sense of entitlement these people grow up with.

  8. S Atazs 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    I'm originally from Hungary. My mom is from Hungary, we both live in the UK with my stepdad who is british
    I've been living in the UK for 8 years while my mom almost 14. We are all hard working and never lived in a council flat. My mom worked 3 jobs, 2am till 7pm for years to provide for us. We didn't live in London but still. We now have our own house in the countryside.
    Meanwhile, my stepdad's sister who is british lives in a big council house, barely pays any money for it, drinks away everything and are constantly poor and are the black sheep of the family.

  9. P J 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Some of my family live there it’s a shithole you shouldn’t live there there are better places in uk

  10. Alex Anderson 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    London is a great city which is rich in culture but its tiny – only and 30 miles worth of space (excluding Greater London) so people will have to stop whining and move to Greater London or into the suburbs. The plus side of this is the suburbs will become richer in culture. A location is nothing without people of virtue. Culture is where cultured people live and that can be anywhere.

  11. bte320 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    BUILD MORE HOUSES. It's literally that simple. All the housing problems in these urban areas could be solved with one rule: every new development must replace the original housing volume that it replaces, plus extra.

  12. Sergei Londoner 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    This is an exaggeration.
    I am not sure why Compulsory Purchase Orders ('CPOs') receive so much attention. Most council tenants will not have an interest in land of the kind that is dealt with by a CPO, and possession will be sought under the provisions of the Housing Act 1985. In this case, the affected tenant(s) will be rehoused.
    In the case of CPOs, it is trite law that s 226 orders are sought when there is a 'compelling case in the public interest'. This has been confirmed in both Margate and Horada, and I would love to see a single judge uphold a CPO solely on the grounds that a more lucrative development opportunity has come to surface.
    People will always find developers with deep pockets to blame for their mishaps, but in reality they are only revealing their side of the story. No council has the powers to come along and demolish a block of flats to simply allow a new one to be erected; that is a ridiculous proposition to make.

  13. Vested Interest 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Its all delusional, a numbers game a socio-economic construct which in its present form is unsustainable.
    The 2009 stockmarket crash was just a preview of the stark realities the recession was papered over with watered down currency but the cracks have now re appeared and the recession will resume and conclude with the UK in economic ruin.

  14. MaximusAryelius 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Sooooo many self-entitled scumbags! You don't have a job, have 5 kids, don't know where the fathers of the kids are? No, that doesn't give you the right to pay peanuts (if anything) for living in London's zone 2. Market prices may be a harsh and biased selector but at least they provide some degree of reward for self-reliance. If not using market prices, who decides who gets to live In the most desirable areas of London? What would the criterion be? Because I'd love to live in a 5 bedroom house in Hampstead Head please (and if I can skip having to work too, that'd be heaven).

  15. Alana Weaver 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Londoners cannot blame migrants whites didn't want to do the work unskilled labors will do plus white Londoners are having multiple children that they cannot afford to take care of so they have gone on the dole and its hurting Londoners who don't have children and who are working those individuals don't qualify for any assistance from the council. British government should have done a better job of immigration from E.U. to control the number of other Europeans coming into the country seeking help from the council.

    South Korea can better plan for housing 50 years ahead and Britain cannot even solve their housing crisis in 10 years.

  16. paul adams 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Oh poor single mothers and woman 😭😭😭 our meal ticket and pussy pass can’t be afforded anymore 😭😭😭 remember your equal 😬do you give a fuck about all the WHITE MEN sleeping on the streets?
    Why should we care about you and why should we pay for your kids that you have when you can’t afford them and expect everybody else to pick up the bill ? Add to the mix feminism which means less men are willing to commit or get married lol hard times coming for you woman and quite frankly I don’t give a fuck you’ve bought it on yourselves and I’ll laugh gleefully when the reality slaps you in the face , by the way mgtow ( look it up )is growing rapidly globally
    And you’ll pay for your female feminist arrogance 😂😂, no man in his right mind is going to bail you out ( fund another mans kids ) or commit to you when he knows you’ve been riding the cock carasell your entire life
    Moral of the story ?

  17. Florin Zaharia 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    9:35 "no one wants to live in a council home but if that is all you're given". given? GIVEN? why does anyone need to give you anything?

  18. Anthony Whelan 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    It's the people's duty to defend their monarch but it's also the monarch's duty to defend her people. The Queen should speak out or get out along with all the other class elite parasites.

  19. Dirk Diggler 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Who the fuck would wanna live in London.Its like a foreign country now like many big cities in the uk.

  20. Ms. Chanandler Bong 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Just move. You don't control the city you live in, you just control what you can afford. Can't afford to live in London? Move up north.

  21. Commentator541 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Maybe you DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN LONDON? Ahahahha I mean this whole argument is just insane. Rest of the UK is beautiful, it's not like that you live in some hellhole of a country and have to choose between a shed and a building. lol

  22. LyleDeYounges 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Half of London is owned by foreigners. Of course immigrants are blamed, because that's the logic of today – but they are not the ones who got money to invest in property. On top of that the WHOLE City of London is privatised – only true public space is in front of St. Paul's… but that might already have changed. This is not about people wanting to move to London who will just have to find somewhere else to move "if they can't afford it". This is about Londoners who can't find affordable housing anymore, and have to leave their HOME. The city didn't spring out of nowhere, people are actually still born and raised in London, just like in any other city, town or village – shocking! They wanted to make London a financial capital of Europe, if not the World, and that has consequences for the city's population. Affordable housing is essential, but property is London's biggest commodity… and as we know "market over people", always.

  23. SUSAN BARTLETT 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    This is happening everywhere. Big cities are condemned to be the dwelling of the fittest and most educated. It’s the hard reality.

  24. Claribel Nana 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Society is so dumb down .
    An excellent view for me is nature
    Trees, mountains, streams ,Lakes…

  25. MissFoxification 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    One of the best things the council can do is expedite the permit process. Buildings can sit vacant and unoccupied for years while permits are sorted. It takes time to build new homes but there's no reason it needs to take years for it to even begin.

    As London gentrifies it will become far more expensive, everything from a loaf of bread to school fees will skyrocket. Those people that don't want to leave London will be begging to, and if they are in a council flat, they're stuck.

  26. Jack O'Shran 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    London is an overpriced shithole, it doesn't even compare to Paris, NY, and the big Asian megacities. Walk away and laugh at the clowns paying those rents and home prices to live in that sewer.

  27. Evie Diamond 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    The problem isn't council housing. The problem is unaffordable housing, the gap between wages and the cost of living is unreal so more people are reliant on housing from the council. If we had better wages and a price cap on rent then we would be able to privately rent housing. However, there is a massive population in London made up of British and Immigrants that do expect to be handed housing, and quite frankly beggars can't be choosers.

  28. theandroids 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    It's about pushing poor people out of London. Then eventually building a dome around the city to protect the rich lol f**king humans

  29. Big J Productions 3 July, 2020 at 00:24 Reply

    Knock down all the old housing and build LOADS OF MODERN MID-RISE. Homes for rich and poor!!

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