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Councils can get housing right—if they’re willing to hold their nerve

Islington council's landmark case proves that, despite recent trends, local authorities can defend residents from unscrupulous developers

By Dawn Foster  

Houses in Islington, where the council has won a case against developers. Photo: PA

Two stories this week reveal how councils can get housing policy right—and terribly wrong.

In Islington, the council won a landmark case, blocking a planning bid because the developers refused to abide by the council’s policy of building at least 50 per cent affordable homes in developments—with “affordable” meaning the homes must cost, at most, 80 per cent of market value. The developers, First Base, were rejected twice by the local authority for…

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