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We all know how expensive it is to reside in London, even if it is, on the whole, a brilliant place to live. One solution now being put into practice by developers is to produce ‘micro flats’ in the capital. These tiny dwellings mean that many city centre workers have somewhere affordable to live, rather than commuting every day from London’s outskirts or commuter towns.
Many people these days wouldn’t be able to afford to live in London, and it’s out of bounds even for the majority of young professionals. Flats are being built which are half the size of a typical recommended living area, with the smallest measuring just 19 sq m. This is significantly less than the minimum suggested by the Greater London Authority, which is 37 sq m. There is such a growing demand for this type of living space, that major retailer John Lewis are developing a range of furniture perfectly designed for these tiny rented apartments.
A recent report by the think-tank Development Economics, suggests that building this type of abode on just five sites, could ensure a whopping £200m of extra income and 1,000 new jobs for the capital. The report also states that if strategies like this are not employed, London could eventually be reduced to a ghost town.
These micro flats also have advantages which include requiring less heating, meaning lower bills and a reduced carbon footprint. Developers or occupants could also consider installing renewable heating technology such as air source heat pumps, which are suitable for any size of property from the smallest to the largest. The Mitsubishi Ecodan range available from HVAC specialists like Turn Key Air Conditioning Ltd, are exceptionally quiet, and feed heating/hot water systems and underfloor heating. This form of energy production is also eligible for schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, saving even more money.