The article doesn't make it clear if the plans can be halted but hopefully this will be thwarted because it will spread like wild fire.
They sound absolutely perfect for the weekly commuters, close to the tube and mainline stations some excellent restaurants in the balham and wandsworth area and close to 3 big commons, considering the prices in that area they will be snapped up.
Arte et Marte
I really don't see the problem. Unlike previous generations the 'yoof' have very little in the way of possessions - streaming TV/music to a tablet, eating out a lot, treating clothing as being almost disposable, hiring rather than owning.
Why would they want lots of space to heat/clean/decorate/fill with 'stuff'?
Let's go full Le Corbusier and design 'machines for living in', densely populated and surrounded by well designed public spaces.
Let's have less Whitfield sprawl and more Kearsney Abbey?
"You know, there really exist certain people to whom it is assigned, at their birth, to have all sorts of extraordinary things happen to them" Mikhail Lermontov
There is no indication of price so we don't know if our yoof would be able to afford a unit, so close to the City I doubt it very much. Most similar conversions have been of very low quality and it sounds to me that developers are looking to make easy money out of rent from desperate people who will rely on the DWP to cough up. Unless planning restrictions come in there will be many more conversions as office space is not as important as it once was. Many people now distance work so as long as they have a laptop and a mobile phone they can operate wherever they are.
Hopefully planning applications will give back a little power to local people
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Could be developers won't get their own way for much longer.