London fire: Luxury apartments acquired for displaced Grenfell tenants

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of at least 79 people, could be relocated to luxury apartments according to a report in the Evening Standard.

The 68 flats are all newly constructed social housing and form part of the Kensington Row development in Kensington and Chelsea.

But while prices for private buyers start at more than £1.5m, the flats acquired by the Government are, in fact, "newly built social housing".

The city council's handling of the fire, which blazed for almost 24 hours and left 79 dead and many more homeless, has been heavily criticized, as some were forced to sleep in cars or on the street.

The Kensington complex includes a private cinema, swimming pool, and a 24-hour concierge, but it's unknown if the survivors will have access to these accommodations.

Meanwhile, statistics compiled by homelessness charities show there are at least 7,000 homeless veterans in the United Kingdom, though the Department of Communities and Local Government say they keep no records as to how many veterans require housing.

"The expectation is that these new properties will be offered as one of the options to permanently rehouse residents from Grenfell Tower", officials said in a statement.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that all Grenfell residents will be rehoused in the area unless they choose not to be.

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The development has been built by Berkeley Homes, whose chairman Tony Pidgley was quoted by The Guardian as saying: "We've got to start by finding each of them a home".

Each new home will be fully furnished, and the government said they will be completed to a high-specification.

"Properties must be found, requisitioned if necessary, to make sure those residents do get rehoused locally", Corbyn said.

The flats will be situated in two affordable housing blocks at the site, and were purchased by the City of London Corporation in a deal brokered by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

"Like everyone else, the Council has been grief stricken by the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire and has sought to provide the greatest level of support we can to victims".

After the speech Theresa May apologised for the failures by local and national government in responding to the Grenfell Tower fire.

HCA chairman Sir Edward Lister said the agency "stands ready to help all those affected by this awful incident".

"These plans are being discussed and agreed in principle as a matter of urgency as part of the response by councils across London to support the team working on recovery efforts".