The Daily Mail covered Spectres of Modernism in news story entitled ‘Children need sunlight to grow’: Luxury London apartment block aimed at wealthy foreign investors ‘will plunge schools, homes and a busy park into darkness’ by Liz Dunphy. This appears to have been published online on 30 October 2017, but a link on the Mail site dates it as 29 October 2017, so possibly it appeared in print a day earlier. Further subheadings give a flavour of this long, sympathetic and well illustrated story: ‘Locals oppose the proposed development on Golden Lane, north London’; ‘They say it threatens community while providing luxury flats to foreign investors’; ‘UN investigators are examining if gentrification is breaching human rights’.
While dealing well with the issue of ghost homes and the ‘innovative’ transformation of a council flat ‘block into an artist’s canvas draped with bright banners that shout eloquent opposition to the redevelopment of Bernard Morgan House’, like an earlier piece in The Guardian, this Mail coverage also raises the issue of connections between Taylor Wimpey and those who voted to approve planning permission for The Denizen AKA The Turd.
“Residents have also questioned whether planning committee members, including chairman Christopher Hayward, should have declared commercial interests that connect them with the developer.”
‘Children need sunlight to grow’: Luxury London apartment block aimed at wealthy foreign investors ‘will plunge schools, homes and a busy park into darkness’ by Liz Dunphy, Daily Mail, 30 October 2017.
The Guardian dealt with the matter in this way:
The story follows a by-now-familiar plot. In May 2017 planning approval was given to Taylor Wimpey, despite strong opposition from local residents and businesses. During this process it emerged that the chair of the City’s planning and transportation committee, Chris Hayward, is a director of Indigo Planning, whose clients include Taylor Wimpey. Deputy chair James Thomson was formerly deputy chief financial officer and chief operations officer of Cushman and Wakefield, commercial property and real estate consultants, which marketed and sold Bernard Morgan House to Taylor Wimpey. The committee member and former lord mayor of London Sir Michael Bear was appointed chair of the planning consultancy Turley Associates – which also acts for Taylor Wimpey – a few weeks after planning approval was granted.
Developers are using culture as a Trojan horse in their planning battles by Anna Minton, The Guardian, 10 October 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/10/developers-culturehousing-luxury-homes-art-artists
“A spectre is haunting the cynical overdevelopment that characterises London’s buy to leave property boom, the spectre of modernism!” #savegoldenlane