The peculiar Englishness of English houses had never been adequately realised and explained. Le Corbusier’s Marseilles block, for instance, appeared to be rooted in the French tradition of an apartment building with one common entrance hall complete with concierge. Centuries of peace and 100 years of housing reform in this country had given us the open street approachable from either end and off which every house was entered directly through its own front door – a simple arrangement which gave complete freedom to come and go, to meet or avoid whom we pleased. But it seemed that English architects were unable to see at home or think when abroad, and continental forms of collective houses began to be imported. We build many today and, in doing so, risk losing the very qualities in our housing which have much to do with our national independence of character and with community structure. In our zeal to erase the evils rising out of a lack of proper water supply, sanitation and ventilation, we had torn down streets of houses which harboured a social structure of friendliness and mutual aid. We had thrown the baby out with the bath water.
Jack Lynn, lead architect for Park Hill, Sheffield, RIBA Journal, December 1962