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Super small houses bedevil HN planners

Update: September, 02/2017 - 09:00
A skinny house on Tố Hữu Street. - VNA Photo Tuấn Anh
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Handling super small and skinny houses in Hà Nội remains a headache for local officials.

Although the municipal authorities are determined to eliminate these tiny homes, many have been built in very small or oddly shaped land areas, especially along newly-expanded roads.

Districts which have seen the construction of many small houses include Ba Đình, Cầu Giấy, Hai Bà Trưng and Tây Hồ.

Nguyễn Thị Nương, owner of a tiny house on Xã Đàn Street, said that after site clearance was issued for expanding the road, her remaining land was just 10 square metres, but it was street-side. She opened a shop here and refuses to sell to make way for a house being built next door.

“I can do business here. I will not sell it.”

Tiny and skinny houses were destroying the urban landscape, experts said.

According to Phạm Sỹ Liêm, Vice President of the Việt Nam Federation of Civil Engineering Associations, the problem lies in planning management.

He said that the planning had not paid adequate attention to remaining areas of many land slots after site clearance, resulting in the creation of many slots that were too small or out of shape.

Combining the parcels of tiny land with the neighboring slots was not easy due to difficulties in reaching an agreement about prices, Liêm said.

The municipal Department of Planning and Architecture said that land areas ineligible for construction permits must be combined with a neighbouring slot. If owners failed to reach an agreement for land combination, the local authorities would revoke the land for public purposes. However, agreeing on compensation costs is a challenge because most tiny houses were street-side with very high prices.

According to Đào Ngọc Nghiêm, Vice President of Việt Nam Urban Development and Planning Association, Hà Nội must address this problem from the planning stages, adding that road-side planning was also of significant importance.

Some experts even said that more drastic measures should be taken. For example, the Goverment could auction road-side land slots.

Before 2015, Hà Nội had more than 300 tiny and skinny houses. Now, the number of tiny and skinny houses has been reduced to 132. - VNS

 

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