Former chief City planning officer says massive refurb costs could lead to uninhabitable buildings
London’s skyline is in danger of being dominated by a forest of derelict residential towers in 100 years’ time if apartment owners are unable to fund essential refurbishment work, a former leading planner has warned.
Peter Rees, ex-chief planning officer for the City of London, said there was a danger that funds set aside within apartment service charges for major renovation work on the new breed of private residential blocks would be insufficient to cover what was required.
He said: “If future refurbishment cycles cannot be funded by the apartment owners, their investments will become unsellable long before the expiry of their 125-year lease.
“In 80, 90, 100 years’ time I fear we’ll have the Thames lined with derelict towers.”
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