Millions were poured into improving security and building new sports and leisure facilities. There followed an ambitious £2.4bn scheme to replace the entire 1960s-designed complex with modern, low-rise homes, mixing private units with social housing.
£2.4 billion for a housing estate.
The £180m would have directly financed the construction of just 350 of the eventual 4,200 new homes replacing the Aylesbury\’s brutalist concrete towers and walkways.
4,200 homes? And, of course, the land is already bought and paid for, there\’s no plamnning permission costs or anything.
I\’m sorry, £570,000 per house?
WTF? Are they building them out of marble or something?
Yes, I know demolishing the old costs something but without having to pay for the land you should be able to build damn good 3 bed detatched houses for £100,000. That\’s without using any pre-fab techniques or anything, this is traditional brick built stuff.
So what in hell are they doing to spend £2.4 billion?