Eviction's

The whole estate had been used a social housing since 1996, when the developer Annington Homes had bought during MOD land buy, as reported by the Guardian, with a huge cost to the MOD and Taxpayer. Hands bought each property for £400 and the lease was granted for 999 years for free.
Now Annington Homes wanted to demolish the estate and replace the affordable housing with luxury housing. The estate had mostly been cleared in a wave of evictions. The residence unable to move had to be declared homeless before being rehomed.

 

The result is that today, thousands of former army houses are managed by a company run from one of the smartest streets in London, and owned by a private equity fund based in Guernsey. In turn, that private equity fund manages billions of pounds for some of the biggest investors in the world, who have made a fortune out of Annington. The taxpayer, meanwhile, has lost billions.

At the time I helped Channel 4 news cover the story of Sweets Way in Barnet. The Channel 4 piece was 6 minutes, which in today's media is considered a feature. The true scale of the story was fragmented down to fit the slot. 

I decided to stay and capture the story, that remains untold until now

 

Eviction's

The whole estate had been used a social housing since 1996, when the developer Annington Homes had bought during MOD land buy, as reported by the Guardian, with a huge cost to the MOD and Taxpayer. Hands bought each property for £400 and the lease was granted for 999 years for free.
Now Annington Homes wanted to demolish the estate and replace the affordable housing with luxury housing. The estate had mostly been cleared in a wave of evictions. The residence unable to move had to be declared homeless before being rehomed.

 

The result is that today, thousands of former army houses are managed by a company run from one of the smartest streets in London, and owned by a private equity fund based in Guernsey. In turn, that private equity fund manages billions of pounds for some of the biggest investors in the world, who have made a fortune out of Annington. The taxpayer, meanwhile, has lost billions.

At the time I helped Channel 4 news cover the story of Sweets Way in Barnet. The Channel 4 piece was 6 minutes, which in today's media is considered a feature. The true scale of the story was fragmented down to fit the slot. 

I decided to stay and capture the story, that remains untold until now

 

Who is Guy Hands?

In January 2018 the Guardian released a special report article into the greed and corruption at the hands of a billionaire hedge fund manager Guy Hands. The article details a disastrous deal for the TAX payer and MoD. It is the archetypal story of privilege rich, Britain’s oligarchy and an example of how the wealth transfer from the public sector to private offshore wealth happened.

Our exclusive film was shot during a protest at Sweets Way.  Our report tells a previously unreported story of how the people fought back and won.

Eviction's

The whole estate had been used a social housing since 1996, when the developer Annington Homes had bought during MOD land buy, as reported by the Guardian, with a huge cost to the MOD and Taxpayer. Hands bought each property for £400 and the lease was granted for 999 years for free.
Now Annington Homes wanted to demolish the estate and replace the affordable housing with luxury housing. The estate had mostly been cleared in a wave of evictions. The residence unable to move had to be declared homeless before being rehomed.

Eviction's

The whole estate had been used a social housing since 1996, when the developer Annington Homes had bought during MOD land buy, as reported by the Guardian, with a huge cost to the MOD and Taxpayer. Hands bought each property for £400 and the lease was granted for 999 years for free.
Now Annington Homes wanted to demolish the estate and replace the affordable housing with luxury housing. The estate had mostly been cleared in a wave of evictions. The residence unable to move had to be declared homeless before being rehomed.

It also warned that under the terms of its lease, if the MOD hands the houses back to Annington it has to ensure the houses are in a suitable condition. The NAO points out that based on an average cost of £11,369 per unit, the bill for handing the properties to Annington would be around £443m.

Unreported Britian

I stayed for 3 months and captured many stories, all of which I believe accumulate a unique geopolitical story and a view of a previously unreported view of Britain.
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