Modular Homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3349
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are factory built, one/two bedroom, 26 m2 modular units proposed by Legal & General Homes (Leeds) part of solution to tackle housing crisis? The proposed space standard is much lower than the minimum 37m2 required in London Plan for 1 person dwelling units. As per a recent report Britain already has some of the smallest homes in Europe with the average new-build home around 76 m2 compared with 137 m2 in Denmark. Does lowering of the unit size race to the bottom? What is your position on reduction/flexibility of space standards?

Answer

Answer for Modular Homes

Answer for Modular Homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am keen to support and promote the modernisation of London's construction industry through more precision manufacturing of homes. This approach to construction is an essential part of tackling the housing crisis by speeding up build out rates and helping to address the construction skills shortage.

 

I also believe that maintaining space standards is extremely important to ensure homes are of adequate size and fit for purpose, particularly as development becomes denser. I do not support a reduction of minimum space standards.

The current London Plan provides some flexibility on space standards if the proposal is of exemplary design and helps deliver other objectives and policies of the Plan. However, I believe the use of such flexibility should be limited so as not to undermine the standards.