The Queen’s 60-year reign is impressive, but the housing legacy delivered in that time is not
Never mind the bunting
This weekend marks an impressive achievement by the Queen in reigning as British monarch for 60 years. Housing providers are joining with others to mark the occasion with street parties up and down the country. Yet once the celebrations are over, what will be the Queen’s housing legacy?
We have distinctive Victorian and Georgian housing, but the term ‘Elizabethan housing’ seems unlikely to catch on as many projects built during the Queen’s reign are already being demolished or completely reinvented (witness the concrete estates of Peckham in London or the tower blocks of Glasgow).
As we report this week, one legacy the Queen could be proud of would be the Crown Estate playing a leading role in using its vast land assets to help provide much-needed homes. The current plan to facilitate 8,000 homes by 2020 is good, but the Crown Estate could go further.
Encouragement from Buckingham Palace would give us all cause for fresh celebration.