Microunits are small residential flats being developed in premium city centre locations, favoured particularly by developers carrying out office to residential conversions under permitted development rights. 

Recently they have gained quite a lot of attention due to local authorities becoming concerned about losing too much employment space to PDR and also mindful of housing needs. 

Minimum space concerns are understandable when talking about family housing - but less so in the case of city centre flats which are attractive to younger workers, entrepreneurs and professionals. 

Microunits have a role to play in providing opportunities for younger generation to live and work in our premium city centre locations, keeping them economically prosperous and vibrant. Market forces will naturally keep a check on those schemes that overstep the mark by misjudging the value vs space requirement equation.