An Interesting Planning History,
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This review is from: A Township Complete in Itself: a Planning History of the Becontree/Dagenham Estate (Paperback)
This booklet published by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the University of East London is exactly as described in the title, `A Planning History'. It deals in detail with the various acts necessary to bring the Becontree Estate into existence and in later sections with the internecine warfare between the various councils and borough authorities, whose area the new estate encroached, over the provision of essential services such as sewerage, libraries and schools.
Consideration is given to the views of the tenants or homeowners themselves and a critical appraisal provided as to the degree of success of the estate. The most serious failings are identified as the lack of amenities for entertainment and social intercourse, wide streets that stultify social contact, monotonous boring architecture and the single class occupancy of such a large area. The author provides a number of interesting period photographs of the estate but the work might have been enhanced by a few modern photographs of exterior and interior house design variations. This publication is definitely not a `nostalgia' picture book for past or present residents as one may find at many heritage sites.