Space Is A Necessity,
Not A Luxury
Space is a key aspect to the quality of our homes. We need privacy and space to relax, a communal area to eat, an outdoor place to relax – and quite simply enough room to store the vacuum cleaner!
You may find it surprising but many new build homes aren’t built with these basic requirements in mind:
- Lack of space is the main reason why people living in homes built less than 10 years ago want to make changes or are considering moving home
- 69% of people moving into new-build homes said there wasn’t enough space for their possessions
- 60% of people who said they would not buy a new home claimed room size was a major factor in their decision.
New Homes In The
UK Are Shrinking
New homes in England are too small. When built, more rooms are crammed into less space – resulting in 1 whole bedroom’s worth of space missing:
- The average home in the UK used to be 85m² and had 5.2 rooms, with an average area of 16.3m² per room
- The average new home in the UK is now 76m² and has 4.8 rooms, with an average area of 15.8m² per room
- The average 1 bedroom new build home is 46m² – exactly the same size as a Jubilee Line train carriage on the London Underground
This is not fair
England, Wales and Northern Ireland are missing out on space standards. London is the only place in the country to have introduced legal minimum space standards for both public and private housing. Outside of London, minimum space standards only apply to social (i.e. publicly funded) housing.
Of people we asked said they were more likely to choose a home that met a minimum standard for space