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Almost a couple of years ago the government published optional technical standards of new housing for local planning authorities.  These are minimum standards for internal space, water efficiency and accessibility that local planning authorities can require house builders to meet.

For example, here are the standards for minimum gross internal floor area and storage.

Minimum gross internal floor areas and storage (m2)

Number of bedrooms(b)

Number of bed spaces (persons)

1 storey dwellings

2 storey dwellings

3 storey dwellings

Built-in storage

1b

1p

39 (37) *

           

1.0

2p

50

58

     

1.5

2b

3p

61

70

     

2.0

4p

70

79

     

3b

4p

74

84

90

2.5

5p

86

93

99

6p

95

102

108

4b

5p

90

97

103

3.0

6p

99

106

112

7p

108

115

121

8p

117

124

130

5b

6p

103

110

116

3.5

7p

112

119

125

8p

121

128

134

6b

7p

116

123

129

4.0

8p

125

132

138

Since these optional standards were published I don't think I've seen a single new build that complies with them.  Has anyone on here?  Should they be made compulsory?  Or scrapped altogether?

 

Edited by Will!

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As an Australian I find these sizes so laughably small that, indeed, I do not see why you bother having them. 8 people in 117sqm?! I've seen larger **** fighting pits.

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I don't think you're reading this correctly. The optional applies to this group of technical standards covering water, access, space. I believe this are optional because a local authority may pick and choose levels of access requirements for example (i.e. full wheelchair accessible, or future adaptable - variation/different parts of Approved Document M). 

The space standards you have mentioned above are a must now. I.e. every planning permission will have it written in the conditions. 

Having said all that - they are still quite laughable. Some local authorities are writing their own which is good to see (i.e. Ashford have their own which have a 5% increase). 

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10 hours ago, Tiger Woods? said:

As an Australian I find these sizes so laughably small that, indeed, I do not see why you bother having them. 8 people in 117sqm?! I've seen larger **** fighting pits.

I have lived with 8 other people in 50 sqm for a few weeks.

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25 minutes ago, Bronson said:

I don't think you're reading this correctly. The optional applies to this group of technical standards covering water, access, space. I believe this are optional because a local authority may pick and choose levels of access requirements for example (i.e. full wheelchair accessible, or future adaptable - variation/different parts of Approved Document M). 

The space standards you have mentioned above are a must now. I.e. every planning permission will have it written in the conditions. 

Having said all that - they are still quite laughable. Some local authorities are writing their own which is good to see (i.e. Ashford have their own which have a 5% increase). 

My reading of this paragraph is that internal space standards are optional.  I'm happy to be corrected though.

Quote

Can local planning authorities require internal space standards in new homes?

The National Planning Policy Framework says that local planning authorities should identify the size, type, tenure and range of housing that is required in particular locations, reflecting local demand.

Where a local planning authority (or qualifying body) wishes to require an internal space standard, they should only do so by reference in their Local Plan to the nationally described space standard.

My emphasis.

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I've got an outbuilding in the garden that I can convert to 1200sqft single-storey. According to that chart, I could get 5 bedrooms and 6 people in there.

I was thinking it was going to be a bit small for my two kids to share until they bought their own place.  Now they can take in 4 lodgers and aspire to be landlord scum.

 

 

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