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Housing association agrees to buy back homes on ’substandard’ development

Orchard Village in east London, which was built with £31m of public money, plagued by issues of poor building quality

Britain’s largest housing association has agreed to buy back some of the properties on a new London housing development so plagued with issues relating to building quality that it is facing calls for its demolition.

Orchard Village, in the east London borough of Havering, was built with the aid of £31m of public money, and is the responsibility of the Clarion Housing Group, which owns and runs more than 125,000 homes and intends to build tens of thousands more over the next decade.

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