How Many Homes Do You Need to Save the Planet?

Investigating the serious problem of lack of affordable homes and places to stay in the capital, The Guardian interviewed Bob Casbeard, a fellow urban planner currently working in Hackney, for an article that appeared in its 16 August 2010 edition. In a motorhome nearby a Lea Valley campsite lives Bob Casbeard, who commutes a few days a week to his urban planning job in Hackney. “I’ve been coming here on and off for eight years,” he said, showing off his retractable satellite dish and extensive cooking facilities. Unlike many of the other long-termers in the site, Casbeard is not camping to save money – he owns houses in east London, Suffolk and the Champagne region of France. “I do it to save the planet,” he said, pointing up to the solar panels on the roof.

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