Kirstie Allsopp has become locked in a furious row with a Loose Women star after the latter took to X to make a ‘posh people’ dig.

Janet Street-Porter, known for her role as a Loose Women panellist, aimed the dig at Kirstie following a claim the real estate expert had made during an interview. Kirstie had suggested detached homes should be “banned” as she boldly claimed the British housing system was not “fit for purpose”.

Kirstie made the claim based on the belief mortgage payments are “going through the roof”. When she was asked what advice she would give to those thinking of buying a home in the UK, the 52-year-old presenter said at the time: “I would stop the building of detached houses. They’re not environmentally practical.”

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The Mirror reports that Kirsty went on to tell the Daily Mail Weekend magazine: “They don’t make the best use of the sites. They have smaller gardens, there’s less community.

“That gap between the houses is a waste of space.” And it was as though presenting partner Phil Spencer knew her comments would cause outrage as he responded saying: “You have to be brave,” to which Kirstie replied: “You have to tell the truth.”

Janet Street-Porter was at the forefront of those who took issue with the statement. She took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to say: “Kirstie Allsopp says detached houses should be banned because they are not ‘environmentally practical’ and lead to loss of community feeling…Posh people always seem to know what’s best for the rest of us, don’t they?”.

Janet Street-Porter has hit out at the comments made by Kirstie
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The blunt response sparked a flurry of comments from other users. Screenwriter Jonathan Harvey said: “Like she’s never lived in one.”

“What a privileged life having no experience of bad neighbours and the stress caused by being unable to escape their noise day in day out and constant disrupted sleep,” wrote a second.

Kirstie has since addressed the discontent following her comments. She wrote: “It’s not the fact that they are detached, it’s the quality of them. Better to build semis or terraced houses with bigger gardens, better heat and sound insulation and, vitally, more space inside then pretend those tiny little gaps means they are ‘detached’ and somehow better.” [sic]

In another tweet, she added: “If anyone wants to know my views on the appalling quality of some of today’s so called ‘detached’ new build housing find my original tweets on the matter.”

Kirstie has also clarified that she does live in a detached house in Devon. She also lives in a block of flats in London.

She explained: “Every working day I get to help people, and see this country and learn about real lives and 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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