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Builders To Build Bigger Housing

An end to 'rabbit hutch Britain'? House builders to be ordered to construct larger homes that have enough space for storage and furniture

  • The average British home has shrunk in size by 40% in the last 80 years
  • Consultation would see minimum size requirements imposed on builders
  • But numerous other building standards would be scrapped under proposal
  • New measures would make building new homes quicker and easier.


Builders may be stopped from building homes that are 'too small' for people to live in under a new consultation set to be unveiled by Ministers.­ 

The new regulation would impose a new minimum space standard for people’s homes so that rooms aren't too small.

The measure comes after surveys found that homes have reduced in size by 40 per cent in the last 80 years - leaving many families with inadequate storage, room for furniture or even kitchen appliances.

In 1920, the average new large family home had five bedrooms over 3,440 square feet. But this has now dropped to just four bedrooms and 2,409sq ft today, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The average semi-detached house has decreased from 1,647sq ft to 925sq ft and from four bedrooms to three while terraced houses have shrunk from three bedrooms and 1,020sq ft to two bedrooms and 645sq ft.

But while ministers plan to bring in new sizing regulations, numerous other current requirements will be scrapped, the Daily Telegraph reports.

These include new developments having to collect rainwater harvesting in places that do not suffer from water shortages and solar panels and windmills will no longer be required on roofs where they do not fit.

Don Foster, Communities minister, told the Daily Telegraph: 'I’m proposing to cut needless red tape to let house­bu­ilders get on with the real job of building the high quality new homes that people need, especially families and first time buyers.

'The current mish-mash of housing standards means that from Allerdale in Cumbria to Zoar in Cornwall no same set of rules always applies – it’s confusing, bureaucratic and will not be allowed to continue.'

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