House building in the UK since the 1940’s.

April 29, 2020 4:02 pm


After the Second World War the British people were rightly fed up. They had given blood sweat and tears to protect the country from Nazism and they were in no mood to settle for a return to the old ways of a class system, deference, squalor and a medical service based solely on your ability to pay. The Labour Party’s success heralded a real change with the birth of the Social benefit systems, the NHS and also a project of building spacious social housing.

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The previous generations in the 1920’s and 1930’s were the first “generation rent” way before the current millennials. Although they did not have to worry about getting a Property Inspection Report like those from this was a bad thing as the reports help to rule out unscrupulous landlords.

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The country was forever changed as bombed out areas from the blitz, old slum dwellings and back to back houses were demolished in place of new prefabricated concrete or metal sheet houses with ample gardens put in their place. Councils were responsible and not the private sector. New towns were created like Milton Keynes and Welwyn Garden City or others like Swindon were greatly expanded. It was nothing short of a revolution.