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http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/82256/micro-wave-of-investment

A DEVELOPMENT of 160 “micro-apartments” — some as small as 18 square metres — could be created in Oldham town centre

Cardinal Court’s self-contained apartments have a small bathroom and an open-plan kitchen and living area and are intended for long-term rental or short-term letting. Each apartment lives up to its “micro” name, with between 18 and 27 square metres of space.

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18 square metres!!!

So that's a massive 4mx4.5m! Bargain.

Still it will probably be out of reach of the average FTB.

At that size they'd be better offering the rooms to prostitutes to use as a daily base to bring clients back.

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Are there particular space restraints in Oldham I am unaware of that mean people have to live in boxes?

A quick search shows 650 houses for sale for less than £100k

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Previous developer went bust and left half finished block of flats - which these fellows want to develop as "microflats".

If this link works, all the planning details are here:

http://planningpa.oldham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_OLDHA_DCAPR_49138

If it doesn't then go to the Oldham planning dept web pages and search for Cardinal Street.

I'm going to read through them before I make a proper comment on this.

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It's an interesting idea...for London. But Oldham? Why would anyone want to live in a "micro flat" when traditional property in the area is so cheap?

Oldham is definitely not Tokyo! Might suit prostitutes and students, but Oldham is not a "seat of learning", so it's just prostitutes then! :blink:

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Are there particular space restraints in Oldham I am unaware of that mean people have to live in boxes?

A quick search shows 650 houses for sale for less than £100k

i too did not realise oldham was such a hotbed of demand and an international city. talk about kicking people when theyre down.

i think theyve misunderstood when the developers say "the development is part of the ‘tiny house’ movement catching on worldwide".

hong kong, tokyo, singapore, paris, london, new york, moscow, oldham.

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If property in my city were as cheap as they are in Oldham and maintainin I'd probably be a homeowner today - or mortgagee at least. Those houses have asking prices the same as small leasehold flats in Norwich.

Have to agree with the consensus - Oldham doesn't need these micro flats. It probably needs decent quality, decent sized flats. Besides, doesn't the average resident need around 40 sq m for a decent living? 18-27 sq m isn't going to be very good for the soul.

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If property in my city were as cheap as they are in Oldham and maintainin I'd probably be a homeowner today - or mortgagee at least. Those houses have asking prices the same as small leasehold flats in Norwich.

Have to agree with the consensus - Oldham doesn't need these micro flats. It probably needs decent quality, decent sized flats. Besides, doesn't the average resident need around 40 sq m for a decent living? 18-27 sq m isn't going to be very good for the soul.

18-27 sq m would be ok-ish if it was mostly just for sleeping. Thinking along the lines of working, lots of socialising, good weather whole year around, good safe neighbourhood area so able to be out enjoying yourself all the time, somewhere nice and abroad really..

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In 10 years - will 18m^2 be the entry level (ie:what 40m^2 is today)

Hope not.

Heard recently 1/3 of the current housing stock is Victorian - with building so minimal and population rising as it is, maybe it will be.

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The first time I came across micro apartments was in Leeds, which made London look cheap though admittedly fully serviced.

Of course if these flats were really cheap it would be one thing. They won't be of course.

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