• Glen O’Hara


During the 1960s Britain’s housing stock was the subject of a search for comprehensive solutions, scientific answers and long-term programmes: in a word, ‘planning’ was yet again the hope of all concerned. Keith Joseph’s speech as Minister of Housing to the 1963 Conservative Party Conference well encapsulated this. ‘We shall overtake the shortages, eliminate the slums and accelerate modernisation’, he promised, ‘until within ten years a modern or a decently modernised home is within reach of every person in the land’.1 Labour’s 1965 White Paper on its housing programme similarly declared that ‘a comprehensive plan covering all facets of housing policy can be evolved’.2 The scale of the ambition was staggering: if Labour’s plans had come to fruition, 1,400 families would have moved into new accommodation every single day.


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  • Glen O’Hara
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  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityUK

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