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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Think tank call for end of 'high rised blocks'

The conservative think-tank Policy Exchange, is calling for the demolition of the high rised blocks knocked up in Britains Cities and the rebuilding of terraced streets in their place. (probably similar to the perfectly good ones that were knocked to build them in the first place).

They report 'high rise' living brings with it increased crime, anti social behaviour and poorer health and educational standards. (I blame the thinner air).
They calculate that if properly planned ( big if ? ) such a scheme could create hundreds of thousands of new homes in London, in addition to those being replaced.  
Calculating that if the 360,000 high rise flats built between 1950 and 1980 in London alone were knocked down they could make way for  600,000 houses and flats.
Providing a surplus development of 260,000 new homes, available to sell to finance the project.

You can download the report here 

Read more in the Telegraph

Read more in the BBC

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Anonymous said...

I don't there is anything wrong with the principal of meduim/high rise flats many exist in other countries and work very well, it is more likely the design / maintanence or occupants

Paul Barrett said...

There is nothing wrong with high rise it is the residents that are the problem.
There are ex-council blocks which now have a better class of owner and don't rent to HB tenants
These are the people that cause the problems not the block itself.
Any dysfunctional person and they tend to be social housing tenants will destroy an area.
You could put all these high rise occupants in terraced housing and they would make the area s--t after a while.
People types are the problem not the accommodation type.