Published: 1st Feb 2019

Modular homes will be winched onto rooftops to help tackle London’s housing shortage, after Homes England agreed a £9m funding deal with Apex Airspace Developments. The properties, which will be built on five sites across the capital, are largely constructed off-site before being moved on top of buildings with a crane, which is said to minimise disruption to residents. The first of the homes will be completed by the summer, and in total 78 rooftop homes will be built under the three-year deal. Homes England says all homes will be priced within the Help to Buy threshold. The Government’s revised planning framework, published last year, encourages authorities to promote the use the airspace above existing residential and commercial premises for new homes. On Apex’s website, they say they, ‘purchase airspace rights from private and institutional freeholders, retailers, local councils and housing associations and convert the space into apartments – generating potential … (To read the full article, subscribe below)