Making room

This report from the UK think tank Centre for Cities looks at how and why living space varies between cities.

The report investigates the amount of space people have in different cities and how this has changed since 2011. It sets out what should be done to give people more space and make housing more affordable as the economy grows.

Key findings

The amount of floor space residents have varies between cities, with residents of cities in the Greater South East of England having less space. In these places, the failure of housing supply to keep up with demand is likely to be a cause, forcing young professionals and other workers into houses of multiple occupancy. Some of the most cramped cities have continued to see the space per person shrink. Although residents living in some cities have seen their average space grow, a number of cities, including in the expensive Greater South East of England have seen their space per person fall since 2011. The previous expansion of permitted development rights had the greatest uptake in cities with the greatest demand for housing.

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