FMB says small plots can help capital housing crisis

Builders organisation the Federation of Master Builders has welcomed the Task Force set up by London Mayor Boris Johnson to create more affordable homes in London.

Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the FMB said: “After the depressing announcement in the Comprehensive Spending Review to cut the social housing budget it is a tremendous boost to know that the London Mayor is serious about tackling the acute housing shortage in London.

“Reusing small empty sites of up to two hectares could more than meet the UK’s housing demand without building on green field land. Small available sites of under two hectares within built up areas are rarely counted and micro-sites of half an acre of less are literally too numerous to count. In inner London, where population density is highest and land scarcest, there are enough micro-sites to supply all the new homes we need.”

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