Build’um cheap and stack’um high. The social implications of high density, low quality housing can be witnessed in almost every part of the country.
Drugs, crime, unemployment all gravitate towards poor quality housing, I thought that there was now a consensus that much more thought needs to be put into housing and urban design. I am a big believer in “designing out” social ills and the need for more consideration for environmental issues is now a cross party policy. It seems that this consensus hasn’t reached the office of Ruth Kelly yet. (Can that women do nothing right?)
The sentences that really caught my eye were: “No environmental conditions are placed on the scheme”, “The proposal document says the grant is not intended to cover the cost of roads, hospitals and schools to meet the needs of the new estates” and “There is nothing in this document about quality”.
Not comfortable reading.