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Can rooftop extensions help solve the housing crisis?


And when all the potential extra floors have been added, whether existing residents want them or not, and cities’ already congested streets and infrastructure has been further overloaded, what next? How is next year's quarter of a million net immigration then going to be accommodated and the following year's quarter of a million after that - ad infinitum? Crisis management of the housing crisis - a problem largely created by mass immigration over the last 20 years, and in London also the continuing purchase of luxury flats by foreigners as an investment and kept empty - has occasioned the expanding permitted development rules as a supposed solution to the problem. These range from the 8m long back garden extensions (which we were told was just a temporary measure until 2016 but are still in place) to the conversion of office blocks to flats, and now this. Development control can be frustrating, but in our densely populated country it is essential, so that, amongst other things, there is planned provision of utilities and transport infrastructure, schools and medical facilities etc., to serve the frighteningly ever-increasing population. More permitted development is not the answer.

Posted date

27 March, 2018

Posted time

3:08 pm