Many streets could be more beautiful with more homes

Many streets could be more beautiful with more homes

Launching our trial

As featured in the Sunday Times, we want to hear from homeowners in and outside London who might like to take part. You and your neighbours choose how you want your street to look – we call it a ‘design code’ – and what permissions you want to extend your houses upwards or outwards, or to replace them. We’ll supply the architects and the planning help. Each homeowner can use the permissions when (if) they want. There’s no need to do all the building at once, and no need for everyone to agree – just most of your close neighbours.

Please fill in the form below if you may have interest.

Increase your house price

Many streets have plenty of room for more housing and would be more attractive, with the right designs.

Just getting those permissions can double or treble your house price in some areas. We’ll help you work out how much you could benefit.

You don’t have to use the permission – you can even just sit on it or, when you are ready, sell to someone who wants to use it.

 
 surely we can do much more with this street?

surely we can do much more with this street?

No cost, no obligation

There’s no obligation for you. Please just get in touch if you might be interested. We’ll contact you to answer all your questions and see if you would like to go further.

The trial is at no cost to you or your neighbours. All we will ask is that you think about how you would like your street to look better.

How does this help the housing crisis?

Adding more housing creates more space for people to live. Bigger homes create more space for growing families. Often bigger houses can be split into flats. If the plot is big enough, it may be possible to replace a single house with taller terraced houses, or combine a few plots to create a mansion block of many flats. Those new homes will be more affordable.


Please add your name to find out more – free with no obligation.

We’ll be getting in touch in the order we hear from people, so please let us know as soon as you can.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do I have to live in London?

You don’t have to live in London – this trial will work wherever housing is expensive.

  • Does my whole street have to agree?

No. We’ll help you and most of your neighbours to agree on designs, but unanimous agreement would be impossible.

  • Do we all have to do the building work at once?

Not at all. Each homeowner can do it whenever they want, or not at all if they don’t want to. It’s just a permission to do it.

  • What if I own a flat, not a house?

If you own a flat in a house or a building of only a few floors then we may be able to help if the rest of the street is mainly the same height and you think some of your neighbours will be interested. Please fill in the form and we will get in touch.

  • I can’t afford to have building work done, or I don’t want an extension right now.

You don’t have to use the permissions you get. You can just sit on them, and sell your property when you want to for a much higher price with the permissions – or you can use the permissions later. (They won’t last forever but there are ways to extend them.)

  • I’m a tenant – how does this help me?

We’re working to get many more homes built to make renting more secure and affordable and so you could buy a home yourself if you want to. Please join our campaign if you can. If you know homeowners who may be interested, please ask them to sign up for this trial.

  • So the idea is to reduce the housing crisis and make existing homeowners better off?

That’s right! It’s one of the few ideas we’ve seen that’s so popular that it could have a huge effect. At the moment the government’s policy is for the housing shortage to get worse. We’re aiming to change that. Our trial aims to create more new homes on a single street – so each new home will be more affordable, even though the original homeowners are better off. 

  • Are there any examples already?

The closest example we’ve seen is the successful Fitzroofs project, described in London’s Evening Standard and our report. Where homes are less tall and more spread out, we’d like to be much more ambitious than that.