Report: “bungalow building boom” needed as people want one-storey living

30% of people would love to live in a bungalow, a report by a London Assembly member has found.

The report, by Andrew Boff, calls on Sadiq Khan to encourage a “bungalow building boom” – because only 2% of current new housing stock are single-storey.

It means that many older people are living in unnecessarily large homes.

And the report claims tells the story of a street in south London where a whopping 70 per cent of homes are under occupied.

“There is a massive demand for attractive downsizing options that is simply not being addressed. The unseen consequence of this is a stagnation of the housing market as elderly people become reluctant to move,” said Boff, a London-wide member.

“By building more bungalows, which my report shows are in huge demand, we can halt that stagnation and free up family homes for those who need them.

“There is no single solution to solving London’s housing crisis but this is a practical and sensible idea to get the market moving in the right direction.

“I hope the Mayor will seriously consider my recommendations and encourage the building of bungalows to ensure he has a comprehensive housing policy that caters for all Londoners.”

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