The Conversion of the Coppetts Road Estate in 1957

For thirty years the lack of a bathroom in these houses had caused resentment. People objected to the lack of privacy and the inconvenience, but the Council was in a dilemma. They had no money for conversion. Central government ruled that houses which had attracted grants when first built, could not be given further grants. Sympathy was expressed but it was financially impossible. The Council made more representations with the same effect. After considerable pressure from many parts of the country where Councils were in a similar dilema, the government relented, allowing architects to modernise the houses.



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