An idea for the use of small brownfield sites


  • To provide affordable self-build starter homes and live-work units for people working in Central London who are currently unable to rent or buy in the area
  • To aid short-term efforts to ease the pressure on housing provision in London
  • To support measures to reduce car ownership and use in inner city areas


  • Replace council owned garages and make publicly owned plots available to rent for self-build starterhome units
  • Offer the plots for rent from the council at the same rate at which they are currently rented for vehicles
  • Create a self-build system that buyers can purchase to construct on the rented plot
  • Enable the houses to be purchased with a long-term loan. In 7 years the building will be owned by the occupant