High-rise housing blocks should be bulldozed and replaced with terraced homes to help tackle social problems and remove “no-go” areas, a think-tank report has argued.

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About 140,000 households with children live on the second floor or above in England, despite evidence that multi-storey flats attract higher crime rates and social breakdown, the report published by the centre-right Policy Exchange said.

The paper’s author, Nicholas Boys Smith, warned that residents of such estates suffered more stress, mental health problems and marriage breakdowns.

High-rises could also pose fire dangers and were more expensive to build and maintain, he said.

Mr Boys Smith said: “It’s time we ripped down the mistakes of the past and started building proper streets where people want to live.

“We must not repeat mistakes by building housing which makes people’s lives a misery.

“Bulldozing the high-rise tower blocks and no-go zone estates and replacing them with terraced homes and low-rise flats is the best way to build both the number and the quality of homes that we need.”

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “Ministers have scrapped the last government’s Whitehall targets which forced local authorities to build high-density flats rather than family homes and attractive terraces.

“Good design is vital to avoid the mistakes of the last century that lead to ugly and crime-ridden tower blocks.

“Communities can now use their own Neighbourhood Plans to decide themselves what type and design of homes are built in their area and their councils should actively support them in this process.”

Post your views on tower blocks below and see tomorrow’s paper for a full analysis on the subject.

4 comments

  • My wife's relatives lived in Normandie Tower for many years until their death and absolutely loved it. As for bulldozing them and replacing them with terraced, it's a ridiculous idea, in fact given the shortage of accommodation and our misguided plans to devastate the countryside we could actually do with a lot more of them.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • The greatest housing mistake of the 20th Century,the Norwich City Council pulling thousands of terraced houses down with their so called progressive ideas,without consultation of the electorate

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • The no-go areas are created by the thugs,not the flats. However, I do believe the push for highrise living was misguided and overall a failure for many areas.

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • It's not the buildings that attract higher crime rates , it's the idiots that inhabit them.You could put a pig in a palace - it wouldn't behave any differently.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

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