Micro Homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6326
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Adam Smith Institute has recommended in its Jan 21 “Size doesn’t matter: giving a green light to micro-homes” report that that you should remove minimum space requirements for co-living units and micro-homes. Will you be taking up that recommendation? Please give your reasons.

Answer

Micro Homes

Micro Homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. All self-contained housing must be fit for purpose and meet the needs of residents now and in the future, and housing standards are one of the most effective tools we have to ensure that this occurs. That’s why I have strengthened the relevant details in my draft London Plan, making sure that all self-contained housing meets minimum space standards.

Large-scale-shared-living is a new form of non-self-contained accommodation and I have introduced a policy in my draft Plan to manage this type of development. I will be carefully monitoring proposals and if necessary I will produce design guidance to manage the quality of this accommodation.