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As was discussed in our previous whitepaper, the UK is facing the largest housing shortfall on record; a shortage of 3.91million homes. It is estimated that, to address this and ensure that the housing stock deficit is erased, the UK needs to build 340,000 new homes every year until 2031. This is putting the residential construction sector under increasing pressure to not only meet, but exceed, the Government’s current pledge to build 300,000 new homes annually. However, this will not be simply a case of building homes in volume, The National Housing Federation has said the shortage will only be solved with the right mix of private properties, social rent, intermediate affordable rent and shared ownership properties, so that people have access to affordable homes.

The 2018 whitepaper done by Eurocell surveyed 1,000 25-40-year olds, as well as a panel of architects, to investigate their views on the housing crisis and what types of homes they would like to see in the future. This highlighted that although people had strong attitudes around eco and sustainability credentials in future homes, the importance of natural light, building design and the impact this has on wellbeing were also key issues.

Another key area that came through strongly and a reoccurring point made that it isn’t simply about providing homes, but also developing buildings with strong supporting infrastructure that are built for communities. As an example, the panel drew attention to tower blocks that are now being developed and incorporate value-added services such as gyms, cinemas, communal outdoor spaces and shops.

The latest whitepaper is a follow-on report which seeks to understand how the UK feels about the provision of other services when it comes to building homes and how they hope the communities of the future will develop. We surveyed 1,000 UK citizens, with respondents equally split between homeowners, private renters and social housing occupants. Eurocell asked for their views on a range of topics including the mix of homes being built for ownership, private rental and social housing, how they hope the schools and offices of the future will look, and what they hope to see in the communities of the future.
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