Two thousand and nineteen marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Addison Act, the legislation which would deliver ‘Homes fit for heroes’ and kick start decades of the mass-provision of state-owned social housing. These homes were designed by top architects and built with their occupants welfare in mind. They were homes for life, housing people from a mix of social classes and backgrounds in secure and truly affordable rental tenancies.
With more then one million households across the UK currently waiting for council housing, it is unsurprising that high-profile campaigners such as George Clarke are joining the likes of Shelter in calling loudly and publicly for a return to the annual delivery of thousands of new homes available for people on low-incomes to rent.
The question we ask, is just how do we do it? How do we go from building a tiny fraction of the estimated number of social homes we need to the mass-delivery of hundreds of thousands of new homes, almost immediately?
Our social, political, and economic conditions have changed drastically since we last built social homes at the desired scale so how do we go about delivering well designed, low-carbon social housing at scale in 2019?
To discuss this, we’ll be joined by Joe Beswick, Head of Land and Housing at the New Economics Foundation and Lou Downe, Director of Design and Transformation for Land and Planning for the UK government.