The government is looking to stop the building of, what it calls, “rabbit hutch” housing by bringing in minimum space standards.

According to, the plans went into consultation yesterday (20th August). If the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) plans are accepted, a new legislation would force builders to abide by the government’s minimum housing space standards.

Apparently the amount of space in new builds has fallen by a third since the 1920’s, from 1000sq ft to just 645sq ft on average, meaning England has some of the smallest properties in western Europe.

In addition to the minimum space standards, the DCLG also plans to abolish up to 90 rules and regulations that builders currently have to abide by. This red tape cutting will mean it will be easier for housebuilders to meet the government’s new space standards.

The Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) said that housing space was a big concern for those purchasing a new build and more often than not, the lack of space puts them off from buying. New builds with more space could cause the property industry to see a boost, which in turn could be beneficial for estate agent recruitment.

Chief executive of RIBA, Harry Rich, said: “We are pleased to see the government consulting on space standards. Our public research has repeatedly revealed that space in new homes is a major concern.”

The ten week long consultation will end of the 22nd of October, reports