By this summer (2019) homes will be built on the top of London rooftops.
A £9 million funding deal, from the government’s £4.5 billion Home Building Fund, has been agreed by Homes England with an airspace developer for properties to be developed across 5 locations;
With the aim of minimising disturbance to the local residence, the extensions (to be delivered by Apex Airspace Developments) will mostly be erected off-site, before being fitted on top of the buildings, per a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) statement.
Published last year, the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that planning policies and decisions should;
“support opportunities to use the airspace above existing residential and commercial premises for new homes”.
A total of 78 dwellings will be produced in the three-year deal, with the first 38 being complete by the summer, says MHCLG.
The chief executive officer at Apex, Arshad Bhatti, said:
“Apex has invested heavily in airspace development and our research shows the potential for up to 180,000 new homes in London alone.”
He welcomed Homes England’s;
“Positive and supportive approach to delivering innovative solutions to the housing challenge”.
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