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Greenwood gave us room to breathe

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Russ Randall's tilt at the Housing Cost Yardstick (AJ 13.9.01) is way off the mark. The introduction of mandatory ParkerMorris space standards, with which it was linked, in no way 'squeezed living spaces' but restored them to post-war Housing Manual levels and above. And it wasn't the Yardstick which 'imposed system building'; quite the reverse. It effectively knocked it for six by introducing a rational system of subsidy for public sector housing which weeded out costly high-rise schemes straight away.

If Mr Randall is looking for scapegoats he should cast his eye at Harold Macmillan's 'People's House', or Keith Joseph with his 'final solution to the housing problem', rather than Anthony Greenwood, who introduced the 1967 reforms.

Stephen Mullin, London WC1

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