Putting design at the heart of each new home we build

We will build new homes we can all be proud of - with good design at their heart.

“I believe it is right to expect higher housing standards for taxpayers' money, especially as allowing design mistakes today would inevitably burden the public purse tomorrow.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Challenges for London

The twin task of building to higher standards and at higher densities is at the heart of the challenge for London today.

Development must combine efficient land use with the environmental benefits of well-designed, well-managed housing built to higher densities.

No more hobbit homes

Many of the homes built in London in recent years have a lack of space.

“New homes in London are some of the smallest in Western Europe and to continue to build cramped ‘hobbit homes’ is indefensible.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Better by design

There are many examples of well-designed and innovative housing schemes in London, but many are poorly designed. The Mayor wants new housing to be better designed, with better space standards.

Safer by design

Secured by Design principles should be adopted in new developments and where areas are regenerated. These focus on crime prevention at the design, layout and construction stages of homes. This will reduce anti-social behaviour and crime, and improve quality of life for Londoners.

Delivering good design

The Mayor’s London Housing Design Guide will ensure that new publicly funded housing is attractive, individual, spacious and green. It is based around six key themes:

  • Shaping good places – well designed housing positively shapes the city. The spaces between and around buildings are as important as the spaces within.
  • Housing in a diverse city – a mix of housing sizes, types and tenures is needed to provide for the diverse needs of Londoners.
  • From the street to the front door – the design of access to the home is central to improving environmental quality and safety.
  • Dwelling space - higher minimum standards must be set, while greater use is made of the space available.
  • Home as a place of retreat – Londoners need light and privacy within their homes.
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation – homes must be built for a changing climate, where we can expect warmer summers and wetter winters.

London Housing Design Guide

London Housing Strategy

Secured by Design principles

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