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Offbeat End of soil concreteization: what impact on new housing and their prices?

20:40  29 june  2020
20:40  29 june  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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No longer concreting around cities. This is one of the big ecological goals posted by Emmanuel Macron on Monday. Relying on the proposals of the Citizens' Convention, the President thus reaffirmed his desire to divide urbanizable areas by two. Less tar, more grass: Emmanuel Macron also called for a moratorium on the construction of new commercial areas, and on the sanctuarization of agricultural land. "To stop the concreteisation is a project to make our country more human, basically more beautiful," he explains. The President of the Republic has finally denounced the phenomenon of sprawling housing around cities, which he considers to be one of the reasons for "bad living" in medium-sized cities.

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If the proposals of the Climate Convention, defended by the Head of State, were to be effectively applied ... they could serve as a trigger for several small urban revolutions. Here are a few, not exhaustive.

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Buildings with more floors

First, the scarcity of building land could favor the emergence of taller buildings. The more floors they have, the more cities could build new housing on smaller areas. Last spring, the idea was also defended by the National Housing Council, whose objective was already (before the Covid crisis) to prepare a recovery plan for the construction of housing in France. The advisory body has finalized a detailed report to this effect to the Minister of Housing.

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“Currently, the average height of buildings in our cities is R + 3 floors, or R + 4. We could go to R + 5 or R + 6 in future years ”, deduced Henry Buzy-Cazaux, the founding president of the Institute of Management of Real Estate Services.

Nevertheless, as underlined by the Federation of Real Estate Developers (FPI), "it is the elected officials who determine land rights", through local town planning plans. In order for the architecture of cities to evolve towards higher heights, communities will therefore have to redesign their entire urban planning policy. Which does not seem like an easy task.

Brownfields to prioritize

The other major axis defended by the Climate Convention to save concrete floors is renovation. One of his proposals therefore consists in "prohibiting any artificialisation of land as long as rehabilitations or brownfields commercial, artisanal or industrial are possible in the existing urban envelope." Clearly: no new soil artificialization possible if there are available areas. "We will not make the city sustainable only by renovating the existing fabric," warns the FPI. "The sustainable city involves [...] projects to recover brownfields, or to promote a mix between housing, service and trade", wants to assert the Federation of Real Estate Developers.

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New smaller houses ... or more expensive?

Last annoying question: the prices of new real estate. Already in difficulty, the sector is unable to sufficiently renew its stock of new housing for sale. However, if building land becomes more scarce, it will also become more expensive ... This scarcity, by extension, is one of the reasons for the current surge in prices in new real estate . “At first, it will be hard for promoters!”, Anticipates Henry Buzy-Cazaux. They will have to reinvent their processes, by succeeding in selling at the same price, but with more expensive land to acquire.

The president of IMSI also expects individual new houses to become smaller and smaller, as a strong trend linked to the explosion of land prices. In ten years, he illustrates, the average plots of individual houses in Brittany or Occitania have measured between 800 and 1,000 square meters. Just before the crisis, they were only 200. “There will be a new way of thinking about individual houses. For example, having back-to-back houses in small towns, or adding floors to single-story houses. ”

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