Thursday, Nov 26, 2009

Wrong on so many levels ...

Evening Standard: Ban on open-plan housing ‘not suited to Asian cultural needs’

"A Town Hall is poised to ban open-plan design in new housing developments because it is unpopular with Asian families. A six-month investigation by Tower Hamlets found affordable units in the borough — aimed at key workers and people on low incomes — were vacant. But there are more than 22,000 people on its housing waiting lists. The council believes this is because many families, particularly those of Asian origin, are not interested in homes with a combined kitchen and living space. A report on the problem says: “Separate provision would be much more suited because the [Asian] lifestyle requires separate seating space for male and female visitors and also the type of food cooked, heavy in oil and spices, which can have strong odours.”..."

Posted by mark wadsworth @ 01:59 PM (1314 views)
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1. rumble said...

Our housing doesn't suit our food. Lol. What a slow day. Not just the LSE, i think the whole world's had it's plug pulled.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:02PM Report Comment

2. need-a-crash said...

I don't think it's really suited to anyone's needs, apart from greedy developers. However of course if I were to complain about inadequate open plan housing I would be accused of aspirations above my station!

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:08PM Report Comment

3. Offtooz said...

6 month investigation? Just fit the things with damn extractor fans!

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:35PM Report Comment

4. Circular008 said...

Actually, this is quite true. I am from a chinese background. My parents and myself would never buy an open plan unit, as the food we generally cook produces alot of steam and smell. We do not want this to make our couches smell! ha ha.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:40PM Report Comment

5. Crunchy said...

You can't have downstairs bedrooms in an open planned sardine can. Cram em in! Before you know it, one will need to pay for open planning permission for such radicle modern "spaceous" thinking. Wait for the new Vauxhall Cramola, where you cannot speak to your wife without stopping and walking around to her door.

Now that's what I'm talking about. Crazy days!

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:50PM Report Comment

6. Longtermrenter said...

I hate open plan, our current house is like this as was the last - smells, everyone watching you while you cook with your back to your guests while the washing piles up next the table you are about to eat on. Noise from fridges and extract fans whilst watching the tv/listening to music. Potential accidents with young children and yes, frying thos hot chillis makes everyones eyes water!

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:53PM Report Comment

7. mr g said...

Instead of pandering to other cultures, why not start to make everyone aware of British culture and standards and I don’t mean the binge boozing culture.

Perhaps then we might see more of the integration and social cohesion that our politicians seek.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 03:08PM Report Comment

8. Neilb said...

What a bunch of ungrateful *******! Those of us who have to work for a living can only afford a studio flat in E1. An open plan living room and kitchen would be a luxury!

Thursday, November 26, 2009 03:12PM Report Comment

9. inbreda said...

mr g - please don't be so unintegrated and socially incohesive - it doesn't suit you.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 03:37PM Report Comment

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