John Harris

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Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century. But with many new developments plagued by shoddy building and a priority on profit, are they leaving their best ideals behind?

The Caulfield Park housing development in west London sits on a little bit of televisual history. The estate it replaced in South Acton was once the filming location for the fictional Nelson Mandela House, the high-rise home of the Trotter family in Only Fools and Horses.

These days, Del Boy and Rodney and their wideboy antics are, of course, long gone. For the current residents of the seven-storey blocks, the people now doing the misselling are their landlords.

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