What’s new in late stage corporate capitalism? Why, it’s policies that remind the poor that they are not of us and should feel lucky to be allowed to live at all. The UK is leading the way though by no means has a monopoly on it.
At least one multimillion-pound housing development in London is segregating the children of less well-off tenants from those of wealthier homebuyers by blocking them from some communal play areas.
Guardian Cities has discovered that developer Henley Homes has blocked social housing residents from using shared play spaces at its Baylis Old School complex on Lollard Street, south London. The development was required to include a mix of “affordable” and social rental units in order to gain planning permission.
Basically, when the project was getting its approvals, the designs showed communal play areas accessibly by gates for all residents. Somewhere along the way, the gates providing access from the low-income units turned into impassable hedges.
Warwick Estates, the company that manages the private part of the development, strongly defended its decision to keep the social housing residents out of the shared spaces.
“Although, as you state, the block overlooks the swing area, the residents have no access to it. This is for [a] very good reason – being that [they] do not contribute towards the service charges,” said Emma Blaney of Warwick Estates. “This is in no way discriminatory but fair and reasonable.”
If there’s a hell, Emma’s got a reserved fire pit there.