High rise buildings like those in Scunthorpe should be demolished, report suggests
HIGH-rise buildings such as those in Scunthorpe should be bulldozed and replaced with terraced homes, a think-tank report has argued.
About 140,000 households with children live on the second floor or above in England, despite evidence that multi-storey flats attract higher crime rates and social breakdown, said the paper published by the centre-right Policy Exchange.
Create Streets, an organisation encouraging the redevelopment of estates, says that demolishing high rise social housing blocks and replacing them with real streets made up of low rise flats and terraced housing would improve the lives of thousands of people who suffer from living in multi-storey housing.
Studies have shown that residents of high-rise blocks or large estates suffer from more stress, mental health difficulties, neurosis and marriage breakdowns.
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Children living in high rise accommodation suffer from increased hyperactivity, hostility and juvenile delinquency even when you adjust for social economic status. Despite the fact social tenants make up only 21 per cent of families with children, they make up 79 per cent of those families living on the fifth floor of a building or above.