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24Feb94 UK: FEARS FOR FUTURE ROLE OF HAS - HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS.

Uncertainty over politics, planning issues and the effects of having rented homes on estates for owner-occupiers, emerged as problems for housing associations and builders.Giles Goddard, of Southwark Diocesan Housing Association, said that by 2010 half of all associations' homes would have been sold to tenants, and the other half would be occupied only by those on housing benefit.'Our management role will be to contain an underclass. We will be rent collectors and catchers of dangerous dogs. Large associations will have been floated off as public firms and turned into private developers.'Meanwhile, Colin Kite, managing director of Ideal Homes Partnership, said the House Builders Federation was constantly lobbying MPs 'but finds that housing is not even on the political agenda'.Where friction arose when owner-occupiers found parts of new estates unexpectedly given over to rented housing, Mr Kite said it would not be a problem if buyers were told beforehand. CONSTRUCTION NEWS