There is a lack of office space in Wimbledon town centre, particularly smaller offices. If the existing stock is allowed to be converted into residential this will likely put further strain on office space in Wimbledon town centre.
But the Government is ‘reviewing’ office-to-residential rules.
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has said that he would look “at where the burden lies” regarding pressures involved when rehousing families from London.
It came after Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, said that the policy “has not worked” and had “allowed landlords to build ghettos and allowed London councillors to socially cleanse their most vulnerable families to places like Harlow”.
The BBC investigated how an office-to-residential block in Harlow is being used as temporary accommodation for homeless people by London councils.
Clive Scrivener, Partner, Scrivener Tibbatts says: “There is a good amount of office space above shops and retail premises which could be converted to residential. However, where would the existing businesses go? Provided additional office space is created then encouraging older office buildings to be converted to residential could benefit Wimbledon as a whole.”
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