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.