Squatting & other BBC housing stories

Tony Gosling tony at tlio.org.uk
Sat Nov 25 13:49:38 GMT 2006

A wealth of information here even if the BBC haven't quite the courage to
analyse the housing crisis in depth.

As part of a series on housing and ways of life in the UK, anarchist Jan
Maat talks about living in a London squat.
Jan, 33, does not have a permanent base, but chooses to squat in empty
premises. Up to 12 people can live in the squat, which is made up of
several derelict council flats.
"They are people who do things that don’t make the money that enables them
to pay the rent, or who are living a life that is pretty international."

Life on a croft
"This is not an 'alternative lifestyle', it's the traditional lifestyle,
and it's not dead yet," says Peter Dodge.
Peter, 51, his wife Alex, 39, and their children live in Shetland, Northern

When Alex took on the croft tenancy, they became the 10th generation of her
family to occupy the smallholding, which clings to the edge of the island’s
rugged coast.

Life in a Park Home
Morris, 78, and Myra, 82, gave up the urban life in 1995 and moved from
their bricks-and-mortar home in Essex to a mobile home park in East Sussex.
The 400-home estate mainly attracts "active" retired people.
The couple have a passion for travel, and spend a few months each year in
warmer climes.

Life in an Eco Roundhouse

BBC's Housing UK index

Shaping the UK urban renaissance
A regeneration expert warns of challenges remaining as Britain's city
centres rapidly re-develop.
Rural housing: Only for the wealthy?
Rural housing campaigner on what villages must do to maintain character.

Why is it so expensive to buy a house?
Why the UK is obsessed with the housing market and how it's unlikely to

Home Owners turn to Self-build


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