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Bells and whistles

Pat Hayes
Pat Hayes
Managing director, BeFirst
Good development ● November 22, 2019

We want affordable housing in the broadest sense of the term: housing at lots of different price points. All good quality, well designed, functional. It doesn’t have to be over-specified.

It doesn’t have to have too many bells and whistles, communal barbecues on the roof, that sort of stuff. It’s just good quality housing. It’s going back, to a degree, to Welwyn Garden City. That’s brilliantly designed. It still is a very nice place to live, now. Why can’t we do more places like that? The potential in Barking and Dagenham, that the council has, is there to do that. It’s much easier to do it on greenfield than to retrofit i...

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