Grenfell Tower residents to be rehomed in luxury development

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Residents displaced in last week's Grenfell Tower fire are to be rehoused in a luxury development, the Government has announced.

A total of 68 one and two-bed flats have been purchased at a development called Kensington Row, just 1.5 miles from the site of last week's fire.

The properties have been described as "newly-built social housing" and the complex includes a concierge facility, as well as a private cinema. The starting price for a private property in the development is £1.6 million.

The flats will be available for occupation from July and August.

The development has been built by Berkeley Homes, whose chairman Tony Pidgley was quoted by The Guardian as saying: “We’ve got to start by finding each of them a home.

“Somewhere safe and supportive, close to their friends and the places they know, so they can start to rebuild their lives. We will work night and day to get these homes ready.”

The inquest continues into last week's fire, which has left at least 79 people dead and rendered the entire development uninhabitable. Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of the local council, has offered to resign, while a protest entitled 'Day of Rage' has taken place in London today.

This morning, local councillor Robert Atkinson told talkRADIO that plenty of private developers are ready to offer up their properties to those displaced by last week's tragedy.

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