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09 January 2004:
"Post-war housing developments in the 20th century, including high rise flats designed by Sir Basil Spence, addressed the need to improve environmental and social conditions in an area experiencing industrial decline that had become associated with poor housing."

It would be better to say that the attempts to build new housing in the sixties and early seventies, including the Basil Spence Flats, were a dramatic failure to address the environmental and social conditions in the area. The Hutchesonstown Flats were already derelict by the mid eighties, and must represent one of the most dramatic failures of public sector housing in the post war era.
- ian.brooksbank@ntlworld.com

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