12 Oct How shrinking homes can affect your health and happiness
Britain’s housing crisis is pushing more of us into shoebox homes. Houses are shrinking, too. In 2014, the average new-build in the UK was 76 sq m, the smallest in Europe
The average living room in a house built in the 1970s, meanwhile, was 25 sq m, compared to 17 today
It is estimating that fewer than half of councils have adoptedthe recommended minimum floor space area of dwellings. Even when they do, it only applies to new buildings or developments that go through the planning system, but not to a range of “permitted developments”. So, for a relatively small investment, the owner of an office building, for example, can convert it into self-contained flats with only “prior notification”.