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Hackbridge, in Sutton borough, was relatively unknown until the arrival of BedZED a decade ago. This showpiece zero-energy housing project was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for architecture, triggering more eco-developments that are turning the area into the “UK’s first sustainable suburb, one of the greenest places in the country to live”, says the local council.
Town halls leaders have issued a bleak warning over the future of council housing in England, warning that 88,000 homes will be lost to the social housing sector by the end of the decade, forcing thousands into the hands of ‘rip-off’ private landlords. According to new estimates from the Local Government Association (LGA), 66,000 council homes in England will be sold to tenants under the Government’s Right to Buy scheme.