Empty offices must not become ‘rabbit hutch’ homes, say English councils

Councils have warned that offices left empty by the coronavirus pandemic must not be turned into sub-standard “rabbit hutch” homes after a government climbdown indicated a shift in housebuilding targets – away from the southern shires and toward towns and cities.



a store front at day: Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian


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Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

Thousands more homes are set to be built in urban areas, particularly in the Midlands and north of England after the government said it would adjust a housing targets algorithm that had sparked a rebellion from MPs and council leaders representing Conservative heartlands.



a store front at day: A vacant shop space in Halifax last week as an adjustment of the government’s housing targets algorithm suggested more homes would be created in the Midlands and north of England.


© Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian
A vacant shop space in Halifax last week as an adjustment of the government’s housing targets algorithm suggested more homes would be created in the Midlands and north of England.

Targets in areas such as Hampshire and Surrey were increased significantly and now the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)

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