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CABE: New houses 'not spacious enough'

CABE is calling on the Homes and Communities Agency to introduce cross-agency standards for space in new homes, after a new survey found that new homes are failing to provide enough space for everyday activities

The research, based on 2,500 private dwellings built between 2003 and 2006, showed that almost half of people said they didn’t have enough space for small children to play safely in the kitchen.

A further 57 per cent said they didn’t have enough storage, 47 per cent said there was insufficient space for furniture, while 37 per cent said they do not have enough space to entertain guests privately.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: ‘This research brings into question the argument that the market will meet the demands of people living in private housing developments. We need local planning authorities to ensure much higher space standards before giving developments the go-ahead.’

The research found that low-income homes are worst affected.

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  • I couldn't agree more. I recently viewed some 2 bed flats in Coventry. Although they are bigger than by 16 yr old 1 bed flat the layout meant they were impossible to live in! It was not possible to get any wardrobes in the master bedroom. It did however have an en-suite!. The kitchen / lounge / dining room was pretty small. There was little in the way of work surface and due to the dishwasher little cupboard space. It would be very difficult for more than 2 to eat in the dining area due to the space restrictions and you could probably only get a 2 seater softa in the lounge.

    Please note that storage space is essential when living in a smallish flat.Fitted wardrobes should come as standard along with a cupboard for the vacuum cleaner / ironing board etc. Dont have an en-suite unless the master bedroom can fit wardrobes / dressing tables. Remember people have belongings / friends and some like to cook so please cater for them!!!

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