OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2017


Houses get smaller as people get bigger

Planning permission is always an arena for conflict. Basically no one wants anyone to build anything unless they benefit from it.

It’s why I’m sure Donald Trump will never build that wall. How could he make that happen when you’d be hated by all of your neighbours if you fancied a conservatory?

Two stories this week show us how silly things are getting with building in London. Firstly a narrow gap between two buildings in central London, just 10ft wide, is being turned into a luxury home that could fetch as much as £2.7million.

That’s just over three metres. Houses are getting smaller as humans seem to be getting bigger. At some point in the future George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces TV show will be filmed on an endoscope.

It will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which is rare for central London. It won’t be long till it’s turned into flats, two with a bathroom and one where you have to go in the sink.

As ridiculous as a tall thin house is someone will pay that money for it because the property market is crazy.

Also this week, the Garden Bridge project proposed by actress Joanna Lumley has been abandoned because people thought it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I tend to agree. I’ve never seen the point of a garden, it seems like a lot of work. So if I was put in charge of building a garden bridge I’d probably just tarmac it to keep it easier to maintain. I might put some paving down the sides, like two long patios. I think the design could catch on.

If you want to build a garden bridge include some sheds that people could turn into painfully small houses. In London they’d go for millions and you’d made the taxpayers’ money back in no time.

Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly local paper review with the Recorder.

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