Research by United Trust Bank found that 67 per cent of brokers believed a review was required, 33 per cent thought the rules were “fine as they are”, and none wanted them to be scrapped.
The bank’s survey asked 114 brokers whether they agreed with various statements about PDR regulations during June 2019.
On micro-homes of less than 37sqm in size, 57 per cent of brokers agreed that they “can still be good if they are well designed”, and 23 per cent said they “can play an important role in tackling the UK’s housing shortage”.
However, 43 per cent of brokers agreed that the minimum space was “too small”, and 24 per cent assented that “minimum floor areas on permitted development and new builds should be mandatory rather than just standards that can be side-stepped.”
Challenge of micro-homes
Paul Turton (pictured), head of sales – property development, at United Trust Bank: “A very small minority of PDR developers may exploit and overdevelop sites and these have the potential to cast the whole sector in a bad light.”
“PDR is an important channel for providing new homes, with government data on net additional dwellings showing that it enabled 45,000 new homes to be created from 2015 to 2018.
“Micro-homes that use good design and technology to maximise living space can be affordable and enjoyable places to live.
“The challenge for the planning system is to support good developers to create high quality homes, while making it harder for less scrupulous developers.
“We believe that the majority of PDR developers want to create new homes that they can be proud of,” he added.