Mira Bar Hillel

Mira Bar-Hillel is Property and Planning correspondent of the Evening Standard

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The misery induced by a rogue planning decision in Redbridge

The nightmare began when a private Islamic School, Apex, received permission from Redbridge Council to open in a residential street in Ilford

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid (Getty)

An architectural puzzle: Why is Zaha Hadid building the Iraqi Parliament in Baghdad?

Although her entry only came third in the competition, Dame Zaha has been offered the top prize - how come?

When will we have a government that really cares about housing for the poor?

People cannot afford London any more. And it's the "any more" that's key

New Homes Bonus scheme: Why there’s more to property than a home of one’s own

It is tragic that the  Coalition shows no commitment to solving the problem

Barack Obama with Benjamin Netanyahu outside the White House last year

Israel and the US: Drawing up lines of allegiance

Jewish Americans are being asked whether they feel more loyal to the US or Israel –  it's hard to imagine the issue being raise at a more sensitive time

London Mayor Boris Johnson in Hong Kong on the final day of a week long visit to China to promote trade between the far east and London

What is Boris Johnson talking about? London needs new homes, not ‘assets’

Instead of addressing the housing crisis, the capital’s Mayor actually celebrates it

Housing in south London

This infernal Help to Buy Scheme will only widen the North/South divide

London has been a housing market of its own for years, a kind of “Planet Billionaire”

Why has David Cameron decided to bring up the Right to Buy scheme during the Help to Buy debate?

The Prime Minister is flogging a dead horse which doesn't even rightly belong to him

Only 34 per cent of first-time buyers in the UK were able to buy their home without any extra help last year

Help to Buy: The government scam of a lifetime

The new scheme  is nothing like the original Help to Buy, which was also an ill conceived scheme but not nearly so dangerous

The Daily Mail's feature on Ralph Miliband was many things; but Anti-Semitic it was not

It's cause for alarm that the Mail story was so quickly claimed by the anti-anti-Semitism league and raised high on its flagpole.

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