Briefing: Little boxes, fewer homes

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: April 2013


Opposition to local house building can block the development of much needed new homes. But by building the more spacious homes that existing locals prefer to have on their doorstep, we can help to overcome local concerns and increase the numbers of new homes delivered.

Summary

Polling shows that while most people agree there is a housing crisis, nearly half do not believe that new homes are needed in their local area. When opposition blocks local development, this limits the numbers of homes available for young people and families starting out, and holds back our economy. But by listening and responding to people’s concerns about new developments, it is possible to overcome local opposition and build the homes we need. For example, research shows that 73% of people would support housing developments if homes were better designed and in keeping with the local area.

We recommend that there should be an improved set of Building Regulations for all tenures and all builders. These should include clear housing quality measures such as adequate inside and outside space and storage, which apply to all new homes.

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