Sir Robin Young, chairman of Circle & Clarion Housing resigns.

Chairman of housing association behind ‘substandard’ development resigns

Sir Robin Young’s decision to stand down from Clarion Housing Group in April comes after reports into residents’ ‘living hell’ at Orchard Village estate

Guardian article by John Harris…

The chairman of the housing association at the heart of a scandal focused on a newly-built East London residential development has announced that he is standing down.

Sir Robin Young, a former high-ranking civil servant during Tony Blair’s time as prime minister, was appointed chair of the newly-created Clarion Housing Group when it was formed in December last year but will now depart in April.

The news that he is leaving his role comes three weeks after the Guardian reported on Orchard Village, a so-called “flagship” estate in the London borough of Havering whose residents describe it as a “living hell”, complaining of an array of problems, from damp and mould to allegedly dangerous levels of toxic gas

Orchard Village was built at a cost of around £80m, just over £30m of which was public money. A residents’ campaign has resulted in a pledge from Clarion to buy back houses owned by freeholders. Compensation offered to Clarion’s tenants has so far amounted to £100 per household.

Young had previously served as the chairman of Circle Housing, the housing association that owned and ran Orchard Village, prior to its merger with the Affinity Sutton housing group to create Clarion, the UK’s biggest housing association.


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