Increasing housing density in London (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5194
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Government will shortly consult on a permitted development right to allow commercial buildings to be demolished and replaced with homes. What estimates, if any, do you have on the amount of such commercial buildings there are in London?

Answer

Answer for Increasing housing density in London (2)

Answer for Increasing housing density in London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The potential impact of this proposed additional permitted development is very significant - to date, 1.6m sqm of office floorspace could potentially be lost through the existing permitted development right to convert offices to residential use. This equates to about 6 per cent of London's total stock of offices (26 million sqm). The proposal to extend this to allow demolition and rebuilding could in theory affect any commercial buildings not protected by an Article 4 Direction or an exemption. Commercial floorspace supply statistics are not available below borough level and so the GLA does not have estimates of the amount of commercial floorspace outside the areas not protected by an Article 4 Direction or an exemption.