Permission granted for ‘ridiculous’ taxi-sized flats that ‘ignore basic needs’

Developers planning on building two flats each smaller than a London taxi have been given permission by the local council.

The two 'studio' flats – one 90sq ft and the other 97sq ft – are planned for a disused building in Purley, south London, and were given the green light by Croydon council last year under permitted development rules.

Just two thirds of the size of most parking spaces, the cramped properties are part of plans for the building which also includes a 240sq ft two-bedroom ground floor apartment. 

The building's owner, Andrew Weinstein, has other plans for a 300sq ft three-bedroom space and a 280sq ft two-bedroom apartment on the first floor, but building work is yet to start.

Rules in London state studio flats must be at least 400sq ft, according to Mail Online.

The two flats have been described as the smallest allowed under the rules.

Julia Park, head of housing research for architects Levitt Bernstein, described the properties as "ridiculously small" with very little light.

Developers do not face the usual scrutiny under permitted development rights, with no size restrictions on flats and few ways of councils turning down applications, the Times reported.

Landlords have been accused of 'disregarding basic human needs' by 'exploiting planning loopholes'.

It comes another scheme to convert a warehouse in Barnet, north London, into a 107-flat block with 56 not having an outwards facing window, sparked outrage with locals.

Complaints flooded in against the plans submitted by the Cowell Group, with locals saying the cramped spaces could lead to mental health problems for those living there.

The Barnet Society, made up of residents, said it was "a cynical exploitation of planning loopholes — compounded by disregard for basic human needs".

The plans, by Adrian Levy and Nicholas Cowell and rival developer Dandi Living, show that even the apartments with an outwards-facing window only have one, with some sharing corridors with a row of offices.

Ali Reza Ravenshad from Dandi Living claimed his company was not going to build the tiny flats and was "playing the planning game".

Mr Weinstein did not reply to requests for comment from the Times or MailOnline.

The Cowell Group and Dandi Living said they "take great pride in their track record for delivering high end, aesthetic and affordable housing".

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