Grenfell Tower survivors will be rehoused in luxury Kensington Row flats


Residents of a luxury housing block have been slammed online after complaining that the arrival of Grenfell Tower survivors will lead to a fall in property prices.

The £2bn luxury block in Kensington now offers apartments starting at £1.5m, with some of the most expensive flats going for around £8.5m.

City of London Corporation purchased the flats in a deal negotiated by the Homes and Communities Agency, and will become part of its social housing listings.

The most expensive properties now for sale in the development have an asking price of £8.5 million, but the homes being released for sale for Grenfell residents are part of the affordable quota being built, with more straightforward internal specifications.

British officials say the government has acquired newly built apartments that can be used to house some of the residents displaced by the horrific fire last week at Grenfell Tower. The "newly built social housing" for survivors, which will be fully furnished, is scheduled to be completed by end of July, according to a statement from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Tony Pidgley, the Berkeley Group chairman, said: "We've got to start by finding each of them a home".

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After confirming a public inquiry into the blaze, plans for an independent public advocate to help bereaved families after major disasters was announced in the Queen's Speech.

"Somewhere safe and supportive, close to their friends and the places they know, so they can start to rebuild their lives".

The move comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for empty luxury properties in Kensington to be taken over by the government to house victims.

The 250 residents affected by the fire are now being housed in hotels around the area.

Alex Jeffrey, chief executive of M&G Real Estate, which manages the property interests of Prudential, said: "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the Grenfell Tower fire and are obviously relieved that we can help in some small way by providing homes of high quality within the borough to some of the families who have been affected". It said extra construction staff had been committed by the developer and working hour restrictions would be relaxed to speed up completion of the flats.