Greg Clark says the UK needs better homes

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, has pointed out that building more houses is not enough. He is calling for them to be better homes.

Clark was speaking at this year’s National House Building Council (NHBC) lunch when he made this plea. His presentation focused on the changes outlined in the Chancellor’s latest spending review. Several of the initiatives outlined in that review are aimed at solving the housing deficit in the UK. Mr Clark said:

“This goes beyond numbers. As well as building more homes, we must build better homes. Indeed, better streets, better neighbourhoods and better towns and cities too.”

His voice joins that of several others within the building industry. The Architects Journal has been running their ‘More Homes, Better Homes’ campaign for some time. In addition, architects in North Wales and many other parts of the UK have been concerned that homes have become too small to allow people to live comfortably.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently warned that 50% of new family homes being built in the UK are too small. RIBA went as far as describing these homes as “rabbit hutches”. However, Mr Clark did not outline how the standard of the homes being built in the UK should be improved.

He thanked those in the audience who had provided support in setting up and maintaining the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), a guide that is being used to achieve sustainable development across the UK.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
December 14, 2015

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