11:25 AM, 2nd September 2019, About 2 years ago 10
I am sure many people reading this will say not yet another old codger going on about the war. At the end of the war there was a shortage of 2 million houses due to enemy action, but now we are short of 4 million houses!
I moved into a newly built Council Estate in 1952. However, others were less fortunate and were housed in Pre-Fabs until 1960. A Pre-Fab is a Pre-Fabricated House built in sections like a garden shed and bolted together. Hardly ideal, but needs must. With people living in Air-Raid shelters and under canvass any where was a home. We now aspire to higher standards.
After the War the Atlee Government embarked on a Nationwide Building Programme which was continued by the Churchill Government. By 1960 the Pre-Fabs had all but gone.
At the current rate of building houses in Britain it will take something like 20 years to build 4 million homes. We all know what the problem is and what is required is constructive criticism leading to the erection of more houses on a massive scale and where does “Private Money” have a place?
Houses will have to be new build, off plan, and built by volume builders who claim it takes just 13 weeks to build a house albeit I must say in my experience they take far longer.
Is there any end to it? All that can be done is to build houses as quickly as possible, but a big limiting factor is clearly the lack of a workforce. The only way is to import works and then they add to the problem in that they have to be housed and fuel the numbers.
Many young people will have to take a reality check. If they are planning a family the most difficult thing for them is to find a primary school. Infra-structure in this day and age means a supermarket in the estate, also it means Doctor’s Surgeries, but what it does not appear to mean is a pub. There is no longer a requirement for a Pub, nor for a Church it would seem on new build estates. These buildings are conspicuous by their absence.
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