Homeless Grenfell Tower families to be given 68 flats in £2bn luxury Kensington development

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

Families left homeless after the Grenfell Tower fire are set to movie into luxury flats in the heart of Kensington.

Victims of the blaze saw their homes and possessions go up in smoke when a devastating fire gutted the high rise last week.

However, the Government now plans to house them permanently in the £2 billion Kensington Row complex on Kensington High Street – where penthouses sell for as much as £13 million, according to the Standard.

The fire at Grenfell Tower destroyed homes and claimed lives (Rex)
Grenfell Tower victims will be housed permanently at the site (Berkeley Group)
Two-bedroomed apartments in the complex sell for £2.5m (Berkeley Group)
The Government has reportedly bought the flats at a reduced price (Berkeley Group)

The paper claims that 68 flats – including two bedroom apartments that sell for £2.5 million – have so far been acquired as a cost of millions of pounds.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our priority is to get everyone who has lost their home permanently rehoused locally as soon as possible, so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.”

Homes and Communities Agency brokered the deal on behalf of the government.

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Its chairman Sir Edward Lister told the Standard: “We are identifying suitable properties in the local area to rehouse residents as quickly as possible, as well as offering support to local authorities to run checks on any high-rise buildings.

“We will do everything in our power to help those whose lives have been blighted by this horrendous fire and reassure those who live in similar buildings that their homes are safe.”

The new accommodation, which is situated in one of the most sought-after postcodes in the capital, features a gym, swimming pool and 24-hour concierge service and is expected to be completed by the end of July.

The brand new development features a swimming pool and a gym (Berkeley Group)
Penthouses in the complex sell for as much as £13.5m (Berkeley Group)
Numerous families were left homeless after the fire (Rex)
The apartment complex is situated in the heart of Kensington (Berkeley Group)

Developers St Edward reportedly sold the flats for £10 million to the City of London Corporation – reducing the price as a gesture following the tragedy that has so far claimed 79 lives.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Communities and Local Government added that the government has also provided additional funding to fit out the flats to ensure they are ready for people to move in to as soon as possible.

The plans come after the Government rejected calls from Jeremy Corbyn to seize empty properties to house victims of the fire.

Top pic: Berkeley Group