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Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings

Morgan, M and Cruickshank, H (2014) Quantifying the extent of space shortages: English dwellings. Building Research and Information. ISSN 0961-3218

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Abstract

Lack of internal space is a problem in UK homes, and is often linked to a lack of space standards for housing in the UK. Although previous studies have examined new-build housing, this paper uses a new method to study 16 000 dwellings in the English Housing Survey (EHS) 2010 to examine existing housing and compare them with a modern space standard in an attempt to quantify the extent and magnitude of the problem. Dwellings in the survey were compared against a slightly modified version of the London Housing Design Guide 2010 internal space standard. It was found that between 21% and 55% of dwellings failed to meet the standard; and that flats and small terraced houses were most commonly below the standard. Dwellings were also frequently found to be under-occupied in comparison with the number of bedrooms. This research hypothesized that this was a result of the lack of space. To illustrate the use of this new analysis method, a recent change to the Housing Benefit system (colloquially known as the 'Bedroom Tax') has been considered. Households receiving Housing Benefit were more likely to be undersized, suggesting that the policy to withdraw housing benefits from these households may be misguided. © 2014 © 2014 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: habitat quality housing housing benefits internal space space standards urban planning and design
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:04
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 05:38
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