Croydon on co-living: ‘It’s not about the size’

Croydon Council leaders have said they are open to smaller co-living flats but warned the housing type may not be suitable for people’s changing needs in the future. Speaking at the 2019 Develop Croydon conference, the council’s executive director for place, Shifa Mustafa, said: “It’s not just about size, but how it’s done. You get examples of poor quality and good quality.” She added: “It does fulfil a need in the market.” However, Mustafa said hype around micro-flats and build-to-rent could lead to market oversupply. “There was certainly a period in the market where everybody was talking about micro-flats and build-to-rent.