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Cost yardstick to blame for reduced standards

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In reply to Stephen Mullin (AJ 27.09.01), the Housing Cost Yardstick was introduced principally, as its name implied, to control local authority expenditure on housebuilding.

It engineered other aims by easing the degree of restraint with increased allowances for higher site densities and for adoption of system-building, effectively imposing both.

The erosion of space-standards was perhaps best exemplified by the reduction of storage provision.

Russ Randall, Rochford, Essex

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