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Housing Standards in Scotland

Uploaded by x-aimee-kate-x on Jan 31, 2005

“How important were New Towns in improving the housing standards in Scotland after the Second World War?”

After the Second World War, housing standards in Scotland were awful. The government tried many ways to improve this and one of their attempts was to build New Towns.

Five new towns were built in Scotland these were Glenrothes, East Kilbride, Irvine, Cumbernauld and Livingston. These places were all built to provide homes for the overspill population of Glasgow. These new towns, compared to traditional towns, consisted of better housing schemes, industrial areas, town centres, railway tracks and many more roundabouts.

Two other attempts in which to improve housing would be council housing schemes and high-rise flats. Councils provided homes, which could be rented instead of having to buy a house. These houses usually had two or three bedrooms, a front room, kitchen, bathroom and a garden. Most new residents were delighted to move into these houses.

Another idea of the local councils was to build high-rise flats. The thought behind this these was the way in which more families could be housed by adding an extra flight of stairs and higher floors to a building. Glasgow managed to build the tallest residential flats in a massive 31 storey block. This cost £6.25 million and provided 1350 new homes for the people of Glasgow.

Each development was equally important to housing matters in Scotland. All of the above managed to achieve their aim of better standards and these attempts were extremely successfu

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Uploaded by:   x-aimee-kate-x

Date:   01/31/2005

Category:   History

Length:   1 pages (246 words)

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