A New Vision for Housing by Christopher Holmes

By Christopher Holmes

In 1945 the Labour executive got down to allow every person to have a good domestic, the place humans from all walks of lifestyles may well dwell jointly. This dream used to be destroyed by way of a succession of avoidable blunders and virtually every person now turns out to think that it truly is most unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This booklet demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage error that experience given upward thrust to this inequitable kingdom from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many property owners. Holmes describes and advocates a brand new imaginative and prescient for the recent millennium, discovering ideas variously in improvement, making plans, monetary buildings, social reform, and political reassessment to slim the distance among wealthy and bad and allow humans in all housing tenures to eventually have a choice.

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3 However, when a detailed analysis of performance data was made the results of stock transfer associations and local authorities were remarkably similar. Contrary to the widespread view among government ministers and civil servants, the evidence does not show that stock transfer landlords are more efficient than local authorities, although they do compare favourably with other housing associations. Stakeholder views chime with previous research showing that housing management performance (and average tenant satisfaction) tends to improve following stock transfer.

As the authors conclude: ‘The GLC incurred successive defeats…in their efforts to secure a more equitable distribution of urban space. ’5 There have also been numerous examples of hostility to housing developments, where existing communities have campaigned to stop new homes being built. A high profile recent example is the battle that has been waged over plans to build 5,000 new homes on 281 hectares of farmland on the outskirts of Stevenage. The story began in 1997 with investigations by Hertfordshire County Council looking for sites to meet the targets in the The rise of home ownership 19 revised planning guidance.

So as sharing and over-crowding got worse in the neighbourhoods not covered by the clearance programmes, so did the prospects of being re-housed by the council. It was a vicious circle. The policy of building large, systems-built housing estates had devastating consequences. Instead of houses with gardens that most people aspired to—the ‘Bevan’ houses of the early post-war years—tenants were forced to live in bleak tower blocks and deck access flats. They did not see the new flats as realising their housing dream, but as a disappointing second best for people with no other choice.

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