The Prime Minister pledges to ban tiny homes across the UK

Tiny house nation fans don't panic

Tiny homes as a trend have swept across America. These small compact living spaces, usually on wheels have even secured there own show on Netflix, Tiny House Nation.

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But while many in the USA and the UK are opting to downsize there Kitchen and Living Room willingly, many other households moving into new-builds are being forced to do. That is until now.

No more Tiny homes

The Prime Minister has pledged to ban property developers from building extremely smalls homes without suitable storage space. The ban will take the form of an introduction of mandatory design regulations that set out clear national standards for new-build homes.

bedroom with venetian blind window and grey walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Back in 2015 a ‘nationally described space standard,’ gave guidance on the minimum size of new homes. However, as it wasn’t mandatory some local authorities didn’t adhere it to.

Subsequently, developers were able to obtain planning permission for small properties that allowed them to squeeze as many homes as possible onto a plot of land. The pledge means that anyone wanting to purchase a new-build won’t have to accidentally opt into the tiny house lifestyle.

kitchen with white cabinet and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

This will be music to the ears of those choosing to use the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. The scheme limits people to purchasing a new build property, but the ban will take away the house size ‘postcode lottery’ aspect.

Speaking at the Chartered Institue of Housing’s conference, Theresa May said: ‘I cannot accept a system in which owners and tenants are forced to accept tiny homes with inadequate storage.

‘Where developers feel the need to fill show homes with deceptively small furniture and where the lack of universal standards encourages a race to the bottom.’

white ladder and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Fiona Walker-Arnott)

However, there is a downside. Since developers will be unable to cram as many houses as planned onto one plot of land, house prices could go up. Especially, if developers choose to pass the extra cost onto buyers.

Still, it is likely to be some time before we see the impact of these changes. This is given the length of time between when planning permission is obtained and the new homes are but on the market.

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Until then we’ll be continuing to swot up on our small space ideas.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.