Janet Street-Porter reignites Kirstie Allsopp feud over controversial detached housing row: 'I would never!'

Janet Street-Porter reignites Kirstie Allsopp feud over controversial detached housing row: 'I would never!'

WATCH NOW: Janet Street Porter takes aim at Kirstie Allsopp in detached housing row

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 09/01/2024

- 16:12

Updated: 09/01/2024

- 16:18

The 77-year-old had previously used social media to slam the property expert's comments

Janet Street-Porter has doubled down on her opposition to Kirstie Allsopp's comments on detached housing during Tuesday's Loose Women.

Allsopp, 52, sparked fury last week when she told the Daily Mail's Weekend Magazine that she felt new detached houses should stop being built.

The Location, Location, Location star told the publication: "I would stop the building of detached houses. They're not environmentally practical.

"They don't make best use of the sites. They have smaller gardens, there's less community. That gap between the houses is a waste of space."

The comments irked Street-Porter who took to X, formerly Twitter, last week to weigh into the row: "Kirstie Allsopp says detached houses should be banned because they are not 'environmentally practical' and lead to loss of community feeling, according to an interview in Mail. Posh people always seem to know what's best for the rest of us, don't they?"

The journalist was given the chance to expand on her viewpoint on Tuesday in which she told her fellow Loose Women panelists: "I read in an interview that Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer had done with the Mail on Sunday about the property market.

Janet Street-Porter

Janet Street-Porter slammed Allsopp on Tuesday's Loose Women


"Kirstie said she felt very strongly that detached houses - the new building of detached houses - should be banned because they weren't environmentally practical and they didn't help community spirit.

"Not only do I completely disagree with that, I think it doesn't look good when you live the kind of lifestyle Kirstie Allsopp lives.

"You know, fair play to her, she inherited money, she comes from a wealthy family, she lives in two nice flats that have been knocked into one in Notting Hill Gate and she owns a £3.5 million house in the country, so she's a wealthy woman.

"Having watched a lot of the stories on ITV's News at 10 about sub-standard housing, some of which has reduced me to tears, I would never pontificate about what kind of house we should be (living in)."

Allsopp hasn't responded to Street-Porter's remarks but did hit back at the backlash she received following the publication of the initial interview.

She accused the publication of "twisting" her words while she called headline writers a "bunch of manipulative c***s".

One of her furious X posts in response to the furore read: "Yes, I do live in Devon in huge 'detached' house, most Jacobean mansions are detached, you morons.

"In London, I live in a block of flats, so shove that in your pipe and smoke it. This divisive & petty b*****s isn’t a job for grown ups, & it certainly isn’t journalism."

Janet Street-Porter

Janet Street-Porter has publicly slammed Kirstie Allsopp's remarks


She added in a separate post: "I’m over it now, 20 minutes of blind rage at the DM twisting stuff, and then I went grocery shopping & saw all the cheery faces I hadn’t seen since before Christmas and I remembered I have a lovely life & a fantastic job, that’s an enormous privilege.

"Every working day I get to help people, and see this country & learn about real lives & real issues.

"I care deeply about the quality of what we build & where we expect people to live.

"Anyone who can’t see that just doesn’t want to, but that’s their problem not mine. Thank you to all the folk that do."

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