UK to get new home-sizing regulations

Following a campaign by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the British Government has confirmed plans to introduce minimum size standards for all new UK houses.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has set out the vision that the Government has to ensure that all homes in Britain are built to the same space standards. New laws will need to be introduced to enable local authorities to insist that new houses built in their area are constructed to the specified standard.

The president of RIBA, Stephen Hodder, commented:

“We are delighted that the Government has recognised the urgent need to stem the flow of poor quality housing that is blighting the UK by introducing a standard. The battle to shed our position as building the smallest homes in Western Europe is not over. RIBA urges all locally accountable Councillors to listen to their electorate and introduce a minimum space standard in their area.”

Included in the DCLG’s recommendations are standards for bedroom sizes, storage space, and ceiling heights. Currently, Britain reportedly has the smallest homes in Western Europe, including The Netherlands, where there is less land per head of population than in the UK.

Wirral architects and others involved in designing homes have welcomed the idea. As well as making sure all new residences are fit for purpose, the introduction of new sizing legislation will be used as an opportunity to simplify building regulations. However, some in the building industry are not convinced and believe that the new legislation will make it more expensive to build.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
December 17, 2014
New Buildings

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