Space is an important factor when people are
choosing a home, but many feel that newly built
homes aren’t big enough.
Existing UK research suggests
that consumers are right to be worried. A lack
of space has been shown to impact on the basic
lifestyle needs that many people take for granted,
such as having enough space to store possessions
or even to entertain friends. In more extreme cases,
lack of adequate space for a household has also
been shown to have significant impacts on health,
educational attainment and family relationships.
Using publicly available documents submitted for
planning applications, RIBA assessed the internal floor
area of privately developed homes on a sample of sites
currently being built by England’s 8 largest volume
housebuilders. This document compares findings to the
Greater London Authority’s space standards to
benchmark good practice.