College High School is located in Perry Common as well as the Hawthorn Shopping Centre on Hawthorn Road.
The area was developed for council housing during the 1920s, with well over 1,000 families moving to the area from dilapidated inner city slums. The houses were built from concrete in a style pioneered by Henry Boot. By the 1980s, however, the estate was facing serious problems. Many of the homes were in a poor state of repair, with cracks in the walls and rising damp being just some of the many problems plaguing the now unpopular homes. During the 1990s, the city council earmarked 908 homes in the area for demolition.
Redevelopment has been carried out by Witton Lodge Community Association, who have overseen the development of two large care homes as well as more than 300 new houses for sale and rent.
North City News: Honour for crime fighting PERRY COMMON: Pair scoop award over stand on anti-social behaviour
Apr 07, 2006; A PAIR of Perry Common crimefighters were bowled over after scooping a national award for keeping their streets safe. Mary Harvey...