Tower block alternatives

High-rise housing blocks should be bulldozed and replaced with terraced homes to help tackle social problems and remove "no-go" areas, a think-tank report argued has argued.

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  1. Simon Harris - ITV London

Call for towers blocks to be taken down

Calls for high-rise housing to be bulldozed have re-ignited a debate as old as the tower block itself. The London skyline is still populated with numerous examples dating back to the sixties.

The centre-right think tank Policy Exchange claims traditional terraced streets and low-rise flats could provide more than a quarter of a million new homes in the capital.

The 60's built Cavan House and Antrim House, in Old Ford, Hackney in East London, during their demolition by explosives Credit: PA

Theauthor of the Policy Exchange report Nicholas Boys Smith said: "It's timewe ripped down the mistakes of the past."

Butdevelopers have spotted a lucrative market in luxury high-rise apartments -think The Shard - which suggest a growing demand for a room- with-a-view.

Thatand the density of housing and shortage of space suggest the high-rise will bearound for a long time yet.

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