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This week campaigning charity Shelter published ‘A vision for social housing’, an extensive report that outlined its 20-year vision for social housing. Shelter worked with 16 commissioners and 31,000 people over a 12 month period to research and produce the report. It urged governments present and future to see “publicly built housing as a key pillar of our national infrastructure.”
Its long term vision is a 20-year goal, with 3.1 million more social homes and a gross additional cost of over £10 billion each year. Shelter concludes that its vision is the “only way” the government can meet its 300,000 target for new homes each year.
We responded with praise and endorsement for Shelter’s vision, but with a caveat; Shelter’s recommendations are not the “only way” to meet the huge target. Changes can start immediately, with results in as little as 20 months.
Val Bagnall, Managing Director at Apex Airspace notes:
“It is possible to attack the problem of insufficient social housing with incredible speed and at reasonable cost by considering the space above properties as development space. The possibility of a new permitted development right for airspace development in 2019 will add significantly to the delivery speed in which new homes could be produced.”
We are working with councils and housing associations with the potential to deliver an immediate 250 affordable homes programme in London through use of airspace.
Retail also poses a huge opportunity that needs to be better exploited. We have already conducted discussions with the larger supermarket operators to investigate development opportunities above their existing estates.
Airspace development is the innovation that the housing industry needs to accelerate the creation of new, affordable homes.