How can you build family housing at high density?

What do you call home? An apartment block with a strong sustainability score and good public transport links? Or a traditional English house, with a driveway and its own garden?

London’s population is expanding. The GLA’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment indicates that household growth will rise from almost 3.3 million in 2011 to just over 4.2 million by 2035 – an increase of 27 per cent. A third of the growth will be families – 279,000 new family homes will be needed in the next 20 years.

To accommodate that growth, one of the things we’ll need to do is build more densely – including for families.

How can we provide what families need in high-density developments? What can London learn from other cities around the world? And how do we avoid the design mistakes of the past – including the ‘formulaic’ housing estates of today?

The London Assembly’s Planning Committee (which I chair) will tomorrow hear from the following experts on how to design homes that meet family needs:

David Birkbeck, Chief Executive, Design for Homes

  • David Birkbeck, Chief Executive, Design for Homes
  • Martin Green, Head of Specialist Housing Services, London Borough of Southwark
  • Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London
  • Philipp Rode, Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics Cities

The meeting takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March from 2pm in Committee Room 5, City Hall. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor of London. London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and GLA Labour Spokesperson for Planning. NPF Member.
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