Should we: Move people out of densely populated areas to less crowded environments? Build more houses? Or Convert old and unused places into apartments?
What I think that we should do is Convert old and unused places into new apartments. If we do this, then many buildings can be reused – like recycling! People might say that some buildings are either too old to be reused or costs far too much! But, if these places were torn down, then new houses and / or apartments can be built on the now empty landscape that’s ready to be reused!
But some people might argue that some houses might be attached to the building / buildings that could be demolished and have some people living in them. And that if the building / buildings are demolished, then those houses will also crumbled to the ground. This has already been an issue, actually for the former GT Hawking’s shoe factory in Northampton. There were plans to turn it into a set of brand new apartments but after they knocked down a couple of walls, they discovered that there were two problems.
- The building was just far too old and, if they had continued to knock down some walls, then the entire building would have caved in on itself. So the only option was to just demolish it and build some apartments. They aren’t allowed to do this though, because there is a law protecting the building because it is old and important to Northampton’s heritage.
- The only option, of which would have been to demolish it, would have led to the destruction of the houses which are attached to it would also have to come down. As without the factory they would quickly collapse as well. But these particular houses still had people living in them, and as it cost too much to rehome them and they didn’t want to leave, all current plans on what to do with the abandoned factory all turned to what they were originally: Leaving the factory alone and abandoned.
What I think could be done to help sort out the social housing here in Northampton. I think that the most viable option for Northampton is the Convert one!
Well, what do you believe that we should do about social housing? And do you agree with me or not? Remember to be Sceptical!
Oh, and I hope that you enjoyed this really, really long post by me!