Drawing on a unique archive spanning the lifetime of twenty council estate projects in the UK and using hundreds of resident voices, this book reveals the secrets of council housing’s failures and successes, and the reasons for them.
Bringing to light the complex variety of the lived experiences of residents, it shows how estate pathways were predetermined by factors such as location, design and date, as well as by their local and national social, economic and political contexts. The book highlights what can be learned from some of the successes of less successful housing projects and provides lessons for building sustainable communities in the twenty-first century.
‘’This is a wonderful book…It demonstrates that those who disparage social housing today are often peddling outdated myths that they do not even know are myths.’’ The Times Higher Education
"This scholarly and fascinating book combines rigorous statistics and the lived experiences of council estate residents over time to underpin a framework for future solutions to providing affordable and social housing for all who need it." Kate Pickett, University of York
"A wonderful book." Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
Becky Tunstall is the Joseph Rowntree Emerita Professor of Housing Policy and past Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.
Part 1: Introduction;
Learning from 100 years on 20 less successful estates;
The debatable rise and fall of social housing;
How neighbourhoods and estates change over time;
The 20 estates;
The scope of the book;
Part 2: The falls and rises of the 20 estates;
The fall in housing quality;
The rise in housing quality;
The fall and rise in safety and order;
The fall and rise in popularity;
Changes in the mix of residents;
The estates’ social environments;
Residents’ access to opportunities;
The survival of the 20 estates;
The fall of council housing tenure;
Part 3: Explaining the changes over 100 years in 20 estates;
Summarising the changes over 100 years in 20 estates;
National and local factors influencing estates’
National and estate factors influencing safety and
order in estates;
National and local factors influencing demand for estates,
popularity and resident mix;
Conclusions: 100 years on 20 estates
and the implications for all social housing.