Recent government forecast confirm that over the next ten years the United Kingdom population will rise to 67 million, an increase of 12%. An aging population, demand for single households and integration with our European neighbours all contribute to this increase.
Land in the UK is a finite resource. In the last two decades there has been an increasing awareness for conservation measures. Much of our land is not available for developments. Green belt, national parks, flood plains, areas of special scientific interest etc. all provide constraints on land available for housing development.
To cope with the increase in demand of the land available for development has led to the decision makers insisting on maximising the use of existing available land including increasing housing density i.e. the number of houses per acre. This density increase has itself produced problems for the planning professionals where many applications to build new homes or extend existing properties are rejected on the grounds of being uneighbourly. Increases in footprint, height, messing and/or bulk are all issues likely to prevent an application for new housing to be successful.
All these restrictions emphasize the important role of the basement in building today’s homes. It provides:
A basement therefore meets the governments needs to make the best use of available land whilst overcoming the planners concerns about uneighbourly development.
Glatthaar basements also make a positive contribution to the environment.
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Basements provide the opportunity for the Architect to offer clients an altern- ative design solution for a project that planning constraint.