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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Good evening from BBC London News.
I'm Victoria Hollins.
There's no debate about
whether London needs more homes.
But how those homes are built,
and where they are built is a much
more controversial issue.
The Mayor has plans to build 600,000
new properties in 10 years.
But he's facing growing opposition
from outer London boroughs,
who say Sadiq Khan's plans will lead
to uncontrolled development.
Gareth Furby reports.
In the borough of Richmond,
there's an old college playing field
where they've started digging,
and some green space
will be lost to make way
for new schools and a business hub.
But the council leader's
happy about it.
It's a development that works
because it's been thought through.
Local partners have been brought
together and we planned it.
But what hasn't been
thought through, he claims,
is the Mayor of London's plan
for many new homes,
which he believes could lead
to uncontrolled development that
wrecks the borough's character.
And he's written an open letter
to residents saying this.
This plan, if implemented
as currently proposed,
will have an enormous impact
on our borough.
The Mayor of London's plan
is for 600,000 new homes
in ten years, with 8000 in Richmond
borough, which is one
of the greenest in London.
But looking at the map,
the council leader says such a dash
for growth will come at a cost.
We've got playing fields and green
spaces under threat already,
so additional pressure of small site
development, local infill,
without the ability to strategically
plan, is going to put pressure
on all of our other remaining local
green spaces and playing fields.
And it's not just in Richmond
that they are rebelling.
Over in south-east London,
Bexley Council says its suburban
streets could be changed forever.
Councillor Bailey, who has lived
here for more than 30 years,
says in some areas developers
could just buy up and knock down
the semis like dominoes.
You see the houses behind me?
This would be an ideal location
for a developer to come along,
buy those two houses,
knock them down and put a block
of flats there with no parking.
An independent calculation prepared
for some councils claims the target
in inner London is up 41%,
and in outer London it is up 114%.
So far, Richmond, Kingston, Bexley
and Bromley are known to be unhappy,
and it's understood at least eight
councils may make formal objections.
I think if boroughs are saying
they don't agree with our plan,
they are either saying
they would build on the green belt,
or they are saying they don't have
an answer to the housing crisis.
What we are saying is that we need
to massively increase the level
of housing that we are building
in the capital, and we've identified
a way to do that in London
without building on the green belt.
City Hall says it wants
to work with the boroughs.
Responses to the plan have to be
in by the end of the month.
Gareth Furby, BBC London News.
Alpa Patel joins me.
Alpa, the mayor wants to build
600,000 homes, but will he?
Well, there is no doubt that London
needs these new homes. They are all
put under pressure by London's
growing population. We are growing
by about 100,000 every year. So, the
plan is to build 60,000, on average,
homes every year. So, the Mayor
doesn't want to build on green belt
land, as we know. He needs to go to
the outer boroughs for help. As we
heard in Gareth's report, the outer
boroughs do not want house building
on green space, on the playing
fields. It is perhaps no coincidence
that the four boroughs mentioned in
the report are Tory, Richmond,
Bexley, Bromley and Kingston,
objecting to the London Mayor's
plans. Local elections are just a
couple of months away and housing is
a key issue. That is why this
The police watchdog has said five
officers should face charges
of gross misconduct over the death
in custody of a mentally ill man
in south London ten years ago.
Sean Rigg, who suffered
from paranoid schizophrenia,
was arrested and forcefully
He collapsed after being put
in a holding area at Brixton
police station and died
from a heart attack.
Last year the Crown Prosecution
Service decided that none
of the officers involved should
face criminal charges.
It began life as a small London
company but became a business
that was advertised all over
the capital, with
almost a dozen stores.
Now, after going into
administration, Warren Evan's
customers could be left
out of pocket.
The stores close tomorrow.
Chris Rogers has the story.
Warren Evans was a
London success story.
This promotional video showing how
it only sells and makes
which made it a firm
favourite for green buyers.
Founded in 1978 and funded with
a couple of hundred pounds Mr Evans
borrowed from his sister,
it expanded to 14 showrooms
across the south-east.
I have been making beds, and selling
quality mattresses with them,
and designing under-bed storage
units, chests of drawers and all
of this, for 32 years.
It's my passion to deliver quality.
But the retailer became the latest
victim of the capital's nervous
spending and weak pound.
It's collapsed leaving 270
people without a job
and a trail of customers
without their pre-ordered goods.
Kath Goodwin is heading
to the warehouse in Walthamstow
to appeal to the administrators
face-to-face to refund her £700
for a mattress she will never get.
They did not seem 100% sure
I would get my money back
because I didn't pay on a credit
card but a debit card instead.
So, yes, I am potentially set
to lose almost £800.
Which is too much to lose, really.
If I wanted to just lose it,
I'd have thrown it in the bin.
The advice is not to purchase big
orders like furniture
on a debit card or with cash
in these uncertain times -
advice Kath and many other
customers didn't take.
Leaving them at the mercy of their
bank's goodwill for reimbursement.
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out
what the weathers up
to with Ben Rich.
A beautiful way the EU weekend to
get out and about if you are
appropriately dressed. It will feel
cold. A lovely end to the day for
Barbara in Bromley. After that
financed the day we have clear skies
to take us through the rest of the
night. It is already getting cold
out there. The temperatures will
continue to drop in the centre of
town below freezing, maybe down to
-54 -6 in prone spots. This
shimmering effect shows the extent
of the frost tomorrow morning. Watch
as it eventually melts away from the
map through the morning. It will
take a while for temperatures to
lift. When they do, it is a nice
looking afternoon. Some nice spells
of sunshine. Notice the strength of
the easterly wind, making it feel
pretty chilly. It will feel colder
still on Sunday. As we get into next
week, temperatures will struggle to
get above freezing.