Designer calls for smaller flats to be built in London

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Architect Patrik Schumacher has called on the government to allow the building of small hotel room sized flats in London.

He said that young professionals in London are faced with a choice of paying rents equal to about 80% of their salary in central London, or living far from their work in more affordable accommodation and commuting every day. He said that many younger people would be prepared to live in small accommodation if the rent was cheaper:

 

“For many young professionals who are out and about networking 24/7, a small, clean, private hotel room-sized central patch serves their needs perfectly well.”

He added that young professionals want to live near their workplaces so that they can easily attend early morning meetings and after work networking events.

Current regulations state that newbuild flats must be at least 38 square feet. Local authorities can stipulate minimum room sizes and building height. Schumacher said that lifting this restriction could mean that more lower income people could afford to rent in London. He regretted that debates about home sizes become too emotional with people that oppose changes using phrases like “rabbit hutches” and “slums”

The government wants lots of new homes to be built, or larger properties such as office space and large houses, converted to residential us. Commercial mortgages can finance the purchase and conversion of existing buildings, but as Schumacher points out, developers have to follow strict size guidelines when applying for planning permission to create new flats.

Designer calls for smaller flats to be built in London

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Architect Patrik Schumacher has called on the government to allow the building of small hotel room sized flats in London.

He said that young professionals in London are faced with a choice of paying rents equal to about 80% of their salary in central London, or living far from their work in more affordable accommodation and commuting every day. He said that many younger people would be prepared to live in small accommodation if the rent was cheaper:

 

"For many young professionals who are out and about networking 24/7, a small, clean, private hotel room-sized central patch serves their needs perfectly well.”

He added that young professionals want to live near their workplaces so that they can easily attend early morning meetings and after work networking events.

Current regulations state that newbuild flats must be at least 38 square feet. Local authorities can stipulate minimum room sizes and building height. Schumacher said that lifting this restriction could mean that more lower income people could afford to rent in London. He regretted that debates about home sizes become too emotional with people that oppose changes using phrases like “rabbit hutches” and “slums”

The government wants lots of new homes to be built, or larger properties such as office space and large houses, converted to residential us. Commercial mortgages can finance the purchase and conversion of existing buildings, but as Schumacher points out, developers have to follow strict size guidelines when applying for planning permission to create new flats.

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