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Hero of the week: Matthew Rees, Westminster Council planning officer

Posted at 12:30 pm, February 15, 2015 in News
Regents park mansion house

There’s a housing crisis. Rents are rising, estates are being privatised and the poor are being chased out of town like a gaggle of modern-day Frankensteins by rich people with pitchforks. So when the Qatari royal family put forward a bid to knock together two Grade I-listed buildings in Regent’s Park to create one giant mega-mansion, planning officer Matthew Rees quietly but firmly said ‘nuh-uh.’ In an official memo, Rees explained that when there’s a shortage of homes, we probably shouldn’t be bashing together houses to create palaces. The Qataris offered to pay £850,000 towards the council’s affordable housing fund, but Matthew Rees stood firm. We would’ve taken the money and spent it on craft beer and flat whites, but not him. That’s why he’s okay by us.

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