A History of Council Housing in Wolverhampton

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The 1970s - The move to Social Housing

SJ9200 : Council Housing - Valley Road by John M SO9299 : Council Housing - Flats in New Park Village by John M SJ9200 : Council Housing - Valley Road by John M New Park Village
SO9098 : Council Housing - Oak Street by John M SJ9200 : Council Housing - Leslie Street by John M Typical 1970s small scale developments
SO9299 : Council Housing - Tremaine Gardens by John M SO9299 : Council Housing - Tremaine Gardens by John M Typical 1980s small scale development
SO9697 : Social Housing - Lunt Road by John M New Social Housing in Bilston
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Council Housing in Wolverhampton - 1970s onwards by John M
The 1970s saw a change from provision of houses inside the borough to overspill housing in New Towns. The boundary of Dawley New Town (est 1963) was doubled in size in 1968 and re-named as Telford New Town to re-house tenants from Walsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. One of the difficulties faced in Telford was the lack of employment opportunities for the new residents.



Some small infill estates were built on slum clearance sites. The Housing Acts of the mid 1970s shifted the emphasis of housing provision to a needs basis.



1975 saw the high water mark with almost one third of the population in council owned properties.



Legislation and ‘Right to Buy’ brought in by the ‘Thatcher’ government changed the face of council housing with the council housing portfolio reduced in size.



More recently the shift has been to social housing provided by Housing Associations.



SO9098 : Council Housing - Oak Street by John M


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