As stated in the National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society, in the first instance Lifetime Homes Standards will be a mandatory element in the Code for Sustainable Homes at level 6 from 2008, at level 4 from 2010 and level 3 from 2013. This will have the effect of ensuring that all public sector funded housing is built to Lifetime Homes Standards from 2011. We are currently proposing amendments to the Housing and Regeneration Bill to make explicit reference to the needs of both elderly and disabled persons.
We will expect the Home and Communities Agency (HCA) to promote well designed quality homes and places by using industry benchmarks in conjunction with recognised public sector standards. The standards adopted will include social, economic, environmental and physical measures of design and performance. They will apply equally to the private and public sector activity in which the HCA engages, covering regeneration and housing, existing places and new places. We also expect the HCA to consult widely about their proposed approach to quality before adopting specific measures.