It is is claimed that the fisherman’s cottage on the quayside in Conwy and built in the 1800s is the smallest house in Britain. According to a survey for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) some houses still lack enough space in which their owners can live comfortably. Houses, flats and bungalows built between 2003 and 2006 are said to be far too small for children to play in. 2,500 owners of private new homes were surveyed: 57% said that they didn’t have enough storage space, 47% didn’t have room for all the furniture they needed and 35% said that there weren’t enough surfaces in the kitchen to store basic appliances like toasters and microwave ovens. Researchers said that economically disadavantaged households are more likely to suffer from a lack of space and having a larger living area would have both health and educational benefits. Families with a proper dining area are more likely to eat healthily and develop closer relationships. CABE says that the lack of space could also affect the current Government waste policy because 72% of house owners do not have enough space outside to store their recycling bins. Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive, said that local planning authorities needed to stipulate adequate space standards for houses before allowing developments to proceed. If you want to research further into the social aspects of housing you can consult our resources, ASSIA and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) and Civil Engineering Abstracts will provide references and links to full text for all the technical aspects of housing.