Post-war Britain 'was brutalised by demented planners'

A claim that "demented post-war planners brutalised Britain with their concrete monstrosities" features in today's newspaper round-up.

Telegraph columnist Madeline Grant writes that the "postwar decades removed much surviving pre-20th-century urban architecture that the Luftwaffe had inadvertently spared". She adds that "demented planners embarked on a mindless destruction of all things Victorian."

The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright looks at the local authorities "finding innovative ways to build housing." He writes: "Given the scale and severity of the housing crisis – from employers struggling to recruit priced-out local workers, to the fact that homelessness has doubled in the last five years – there is growing public expectation for councils of all political shades to intervene."

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster has concluded that preparations by the London Fire Brigade for a disaster such as the fire were "gravely inadequate". The paper adds that the report "from the public inquiry chaired by Martin Moore-Bick, which will be released on Wednesday, also found that the tower’s façade breached fire regulations and was the main reason for the rapid and lethal spread of the blaze up the building on June 14 2017, which ultimately killed 72 people."

Coventry Live reports that "a group of Christian churches" have submitted a planning application to build a "national landmark made of a million bricks". The paper says that, if completed, "the giant structure would be visible from the M6 and M42 motorways and could become an iconic feature of the Warwickshire countryside."


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