Improving the design of new housing

What role for standards?

Setting out CABE's emerging position on housing standards.

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Improving the design of new housing argues that the current regime of building regulations, planning policy and funding has created a framework for housing quality that is confused, overlapping and sometimes contradictory.

CABE believes that this plethora of standards should be replaced by a much simpler national standards framework. This would include minimum design standards for both houses and housing and address the policy principles required to meet our environmental commitments and the basic needs of communities and residents.

This report complements the arguments made in Simpler and better: housing design in everyone’s interest and references the technical information contained in Housing standards: evidence and research.

Published on 15 June 2010