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Flats would be ‘40% smaller than average Travelodge room’

An aerial view of London where flats are being built in Barnet

A new development planned in London will see council offices converted into flats far below the national minimum size standards, the Guardian reports.

A NEW development planned in London will see council offices converted into tiny studio flats far below the national minimum size standards, the Guardian reports.

A deregulation of planning rules means that Barnet House, in north London, can be converted into 254 flats, some as small as 16 sq metres – far smaller than the national minimum space standards of 37 sq metres for a single person.

Plans are legal

The plans for the 11-storey block are legal, reports the Guardian, because of government deregulation designed to promote the conversion of underused office space to help meet housebuilding targets.

The Guardian reports: “Plans for Barnet House, used by the London borough of Barnet’s housing department, reveal that 96% of the 254 proposed flats will be smaller than the national minimum space standards of 37 sq metres (44 sq yards) for a single person.”

Flats will be 16 sq metres

“The tiniest homes will be 16 sq metres – 40% smaller than the average Travelodge room,” the Guardian continues.

The Guardian says that local residents have called the scheme ‘ridiculous’ and ‘immoral’, comparing the planned homes to dog kennels.

Read the full story on the Guardian’s website at https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/27/dog-kennel-flats-barnet-house-smaller-than-travelodge-room