Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

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The Guardian: Shoebox Britain: how shrinking homes are affecting our health and happiness

The slicing and dicing of housing is redefining the idea of home. Those forced to live in ever smaller spaces describe how this changes their lives

Posted by novice pete @ 11:38 PM (596 views)
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1. mombers said...

This is an entirely political decision. We can house low income renters at no net cost in council housing. We can subsidise low income people to live in extremely expensive homes via council tax capping and even living alone subsidies. If we absolutely cannot make use of the 25 million empty bedrooms in the UK, there is 92% of the country that is not built upon at all. CPRE et al could help a lot here by mandating that their members not have more than one spare room

Webmaster, the link to comments is broken BTW - I hacked it a bit by removing the '.'

Monday, October 15, 2018 02:06PM Report Comment

2. tenyearstogetmymoneyback said...

A good article. This sort of thing has been happening for years here in Bournemouth. About 15 years ago someone I know was renting a flat in a house that had been converted into four. Then they had to move so the whole lot could be demolished and ten flats built on the site.

What is stupid is that there is all the fuss about Greenbelt, yet inside it seems to be considered OK by planners to eliminate any Green Space altogether by allowing developments like the one described. We recently visited someone who was in a sheltered / community flat in quite a large block probably built in the 1970s. I was impressed by the large garden it sat in, with trees, lawn etc keeping it well away from the main road. I just can't imagine anything like that being built these days. .

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:29PM Report Comment

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