Why London flats are going on sale in Hong Kong

. Credit: Galliard Homes

One of the London's largest housing developers has defended the sale of unbuilt homes to investors in the Far East.

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Galliard Homes has just marketed a new residential project in East London to prospective buyers in the UK and Singapore simultaneously.

Advert seen in today's Metro newspaper Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris/Metro

The company took out a newspaper advert today urging house-hunters to "call now prior to Hong Kong launch this weekend"

Flats in the 336-apartment Royal Gateway development range from a £299,000 studio to a £715,000 3-bedroom duplex.

Computer simulation of interior of homes Credit: Galliard Homes

The opposition parties at City Hall have called on the mayor to back tighter controls on residential sales to overseas buyers.

Galliard Sales Director David Galman said 70% of properties at Royal Gateway had been sold to domestic buyers.

Mr Galman said "off-plan" sales were an essential part of persuading banks to fund a development before building work could start.