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Research suggests that empty garages in London could provide 16,000 homes

by Paul Addison on January 23, 2017 No comments

It has been suggested in data gathered through Freedom of Information (FOI), that out of the 32 London councils, 24 own 53,640 lock-up garages in the capital, and 41% of these are either empty on disrepair

Below are the percentages of their garages lying empty:

  • Ealing – 1,480 (74%),
  • Havering – 1,469 (72%),
  • Brent – 1,234 (71%),
  • Enfield – 2,008 (70%)

In the London Borough of Brent, one in ten of its garages are rented out to its own tenants, as opposed to Lewisham, which rents out 90% of its garages to council tenants.

As per the research and the equation, “average garage size multiplied by number of garages”, the total square feet of council-owned garages in London is more than eight million.

It was calculated by the researchers, that if the empty garages were replaced by flats, 16,111 one-bed single-storey apartments could be delivered and 64,400 if the properties were four-story’s in height.

The CEO at Property Partner, Dan Gandesha, had the following to say:

“This is just a snapshot of publicly owned land in London which is clearly surplus to requirement, underused or undeveloped. When we have a crisis in affordable housing not just in the capital but in the UK, it begs the question whether councils in Britain should either sell off the land for development or build new homes themselves. If a significant number of council garages, which are part of housing estates, are not even rented to those who should have a right to them – local authority tenants – then it could be argued that this is a wasted opportunity.”

It was said by Gandesha, that with the commitment of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, more affordable homes can be built on empty public land, he hopes Property Partner’s research “will help stir councils into urgent action”.

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Paul AddisonResearch suggests that empty garages in London could provide 16,000 homes

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