15 November 2017

Research finds 41,000 homes could be built on London’s roofs

Research finds 41,000 homes could be built on London’s roofs

More than 40,000 new homes could be built on London’s rooftops, a new study has revealed.

The research, conducted by Knight Frank using geospatial mapping software, identified more than 28 million sq ft of potential additional residential floor area that could be developed.

It found that 23,000 buildings in Zones 1 and 2 would be suitable for rooftop development, with airspace having a potential value of £51bn.

Charles Dugdale, residential development partner at Knight Frank said: 'Skyward is a fantastically powerful tool for identifying development opportunities to unlock thousands of new homes in London and ease housing supply pressures, particularly in those areas where availability of land is becoming increasingly rare.

'It also has the potential to add an objective approach to planning decisions on a semi-permissive basis.'

 
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