The chairman of a housing association in the midst of a scandal surrounding an East London residential development has confirmed that he is retiring.
Sir Robin Young, a longtime civil servant, became chair of the new Clarion Housing Group when it was established in December 2016, but will now leave in April.
The announcement comes three weeks after a report was published on Orchard Village, an estate in Havering whose residents complain of serious problems ranging from mold and damp to dangerous toxic gas levels.
Orchard Village cost around £80m to build, over £30m of which was public funding. As a result of a residents’ campaign, Clarion pledged to buy back freeholder-owned properties. Tenants have been offered compensation which has so far ammounted to £100 per household.
Sir Young had previously been the chairman of Circle Housing, which owned and managed Orchard Village, before it merged with the housing group Affinity Sutton to form Clarion, which heads approximately 125,000 homes across England.
This move comes after Clarion lost its deputy chief executive, another former Circle Housing senior executive.