Whitechapel Road

Architect: George Finch

George Finch designed this point block for the London County Council in the late 1950s.  Buildings like this were planned to provide affordable, modern housing for a mix of Londoners. It enabled people to stay in the communities they grew up in, as well as living and work locally. 

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50 years later it was used on the cover of G2 to illustrate the disastrous effects of the "right to buy" policy on inner-city London.

The full article can be read here.

Linda Bellos was a Lambeth Councillor during the 1980s. Here she describes the impact of Right to Buy on the people who elected her.

Video: Linda Bellos on Right to Buy