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RIBA: New-build homes 'often too small'

RIBA: New-build homes 'often too small'

New-build homes are often too small to offer their occupants a comfortable level of living space, according to a new report.This is the view of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which has recently conducted a study into the size of new houses constructed in the UK, finding that those in Yorkshire tend to be significantly smaller than homes built elsewhere in the country.New guidelines introduced in October 2015 state that three-bedroomed properties should cover at least 93 sq ft, so RIBA set out to analyse whether or not this was actually the case throughout Britain.It was found that outside of London, the average size of new-build three-bedroom homes was under 89 sq ft. In Yorkshire, the average size was just 84 sq ft, which was 25 sq ft smaller than the majority of homes in the capital.Yet in London, the south-east and the east of England, new-build houses tended to meet the new government requirements, with many properties bigger than they legally had to be.Jane Duncan, president of RIBA, commented: "Tiny rabbit hutch new-builds should be a thing of the past. But sadly our research shows that for many people, a new home means living somewhere that's been built well below the minimum space standard needed for a comfortable home."She added that while new homes are urgently needed, building small houses or converting small rooms in office buildings into flats is not the answer.Ms Duncan declared such moves "short-sighted" before stating that they fail the people they were meant to serve.With chancellor George Osborne announcing plans at the end of November to build an additional 400,000 homes across the UK over the next few years, RIBA is hoping construction firms and the government will keep this research in mind when getting projects off the ground. 

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