Office-to-Home Conversion Conundrum

A big increase in the number of offices and shops converted into flats is behind a surge in England’s housing stock, official figures show.

There were 189,650 dwellings added to the housing stock in England between April 2015 and March 2016, up 11% on the year before, according to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) figures.

The most marked increase was in “change of use”, with 30,600 new units compared with 20,650 the year before. Of these, 12,824 were offices converted into flats, read more.

But not everyone is happy, only last year big commercial landlords attacked government policy that has seen large swaths of central London converted from offices to homes, with Westminster alone losing 4.4m square feet of commercial space, read more.

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