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Vive Unique is a "specialist booking website for handpicked home rentals in premier destinations around the world" so, unlike those of us trying to forge living communities in real places, they think these shocking figures are rather a good thing, as they choose to believe it presents a business opportunity for them. They got their figures from the Evening Standard, which reported a few days ago that "nearly a quarter of a million people have a second home in London which they only live in part-time".
Forgive the wry smile, but regular readers of this blog may recall that I was chief executive at Kent Thameside in 2004 and 2005, before I decided that I simply had to leave, frankly in a state of mental exhaustion, with a level of frustration that was seriously injurious to my health.
debate around "Generation Rent" continues to ramp up. My recent blog (29
May) on the private rented sector seems to have met with some approval; I got
several approbatory Tweets and regular readers will have already seen the
comment posted by the eminent Kevin Leigh of No 5 Chambers (so big sigh of
Last week, alongside some rather scary statistics on what they call "rental-spend", Rightmove published a report that said that those "happy to rent" are on the increase; although most remain what is termed "trapped renters" (56%), that is, those who would like to buy but cannot afford to (incidentally you can see a whole new array of quasi-technical terms growing up around this debate. Just what are we like? It's depressing, to say the least).
The news that
George Clarke, the media campaigner against empty homes, is to advise CLG on
same, has predictably prompted some comment. Jamie Carpenter in a brilliant
piece in Planning goes so far as to ask whether the department should rename
itself as the "Department of Celebrities and Local Government" citing this as
the last in a long line of sleb appointments to CLG (although no mention of
Mary Portas) listing Tommy Walsh and complete with pictures of government
ministers with Kirstie Allsopp, Kevin McLoud and (most hilariously) a choice
shot of Eric Pickles with Russell Grant, celebrity astronomist (and... er... a county flag).
Suppose 'twas ever thus! Politicians kissing TV stars. Whatever next, I ask you?
And, though I say so myself, I think I leave SK in pretty good shape. And in pretty safe hands. With the amount of visible progress being made, South Kilburn is seriously becoming a "good news" story: multiple cranes can be seen swinging into action every morning and we have nothing short of a phoenix rising from the ashes of a crumbling 1960s council estate, with the decant programme now significantly underway, under the stewardship of the London Borough of Brent, as master developer and landowner.