Boris Makes Affordable London Homes Better Than Private Homes


It has always been the case that residents of affordable housing get a better quality of home as the snagging is addressed in the housing association’s contract with the build. Private buyers do not have this luxury and struggle for months and years to get their home finished to standard.

Now Boris Johnson, the Major of London, has published a guide for the design of all new public funded London homes being built from 2011. Residents of of affordable housing will get:

  • better space between and around buildings
  • better shared areas including car parking, a major source of complaint for new build buyers, and cycle and waste storage
  • new minimum room sizes – 10% more than the 1961 Parker Morris benchmark
  • And much more…

Although, this is a great initiative why does it not cover private homes and why only London?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya July 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Many think Boris Johnson is a bit of a prat, but he is in touch with the electorate. Londoners have had enough of tiny home with no stoarage space inside or out.

storm February 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I’ve suggested that developers/house builders, who build less than adequate living space – Parker Morris standard, which Thatcher cast aside – should subsidise the council tax of the owners of that property.

Tom May 17, 2015 at 12:02 am

“Although, this is a great initiative why does it not cover private homes and why only London?”

Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London, this might explain why his guide only covers London.

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