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Is there a statute, case law or any other authority that provides the definition for a ‘council housing estate’?

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Produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 21/08/2019

The following Local Government Q&A produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Is there a statute, case law or any other authority that provides the definition for a ‘council housing estate’?
  • The term ‘council housing estate’

Is there a statute, case law or any other authority that provides the definition for a ‘council housing estate’?

The term ‘council housing estate’

There is no statute which defines the term ‘council housing estate’ or ‘council estate’. This may be due to the fact that council housing and the development of council housing estates has taken place over by time by piecemeal reforms which have been introduced by different pieces of legislation. This has meant that the construction of housing by public authorities did not begin with a concerted effort to create the modern idea of a council housing estate.

The concept of council housing is usually traced back to the Housing, Town Planning, etc. Act 1919 (also known as ‘the Addison Act’). The Addison Act gave local authorities the task of developing new housing and rented accommodation.

Further legislation in the years which followed sought to develop further

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