Our suburbs are ripe for terrace housing

THERE is something rotten in the state of modern architecture.

Neither detached, suburban houses, nor apartment buildings, are either economical, or humane forms of habitation.

Suburban developments are destroying our mis-priced, non-renewable natural resources, such as farmland, forest, water, oil for car journeys and other transport, power and telephone lines, roads, flood plains, cultural heritage, libraries, schools, hospitals, social services, sewerage, drainage and winding, narrow country lanes.

Meanwhile, apartment blocks force people into excessive proximity inducing social stress and reducing their sense of independence.

Terrace housing, by contrast, escapes both, vicious extremes – as proved by Georgian and the best, modern architecture. Our economy, also, requires a sustainable programme of development to provide employment and to improve the quality of life for the whole of society.

Our inner cities and suburbs are ripe for terrace housing redevelopment, but the Government does not see it. It prefers hutches in every nook and cranny of the countryside. The Government must arouse itself from intellectual paralysis and lethargy.

Christopher Mill

West Chiltington