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 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
Becky Tunstall is the Joseph Rowntree Emeritus Professor of Housing Policy and Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.
Part 1: Introduction;
Twenty estates in the twentieth century;
Estates, neighbourhoods and social housing in theory;
Part 2: How the estates performed;
Measuring estate performance;
Did the twenty estates survive the twentieth century?;
Surviving, but not always thriving;
Residents’ overall assessments of estate performance;
Residents’ experiences – in depth;
Who were the residents;
Outsiders’ assessments of the estates;
Ageing and relative housing quality;
The cost and value for money of the estates over their lifetimes;
Part 3: Exploring and explaining estate fortunes;
The impact of unavoidable features of the estates;
The impact of unchangeable features of the estates;
The opportunities for the influence of subsequent policy and decisions;
Residents’ influence on estate fortunes;