(1) how many £60,000 homes have been built following the Design for Manufacture competition to date; in which locations have such homes been built; and what the average sale price has been;
(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on the construction costs of new housing of the Design for Manufacture competition.
The Design for Manufacture competition launched in April 2005 is run by the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships) on behalf of Communities and Local Government. The competition was the Government's challenge to the housebuilding industry to build high-quality, well-designed homes for £60,000. The figure of £60,000 relates to a target cost for building a two bedroom home and does not reflect the sale price. Developers are responsible for final sales for individual homes setting prices in accordance with local market conditions. The programme comprising ten sites is currently on track to deliver the target of building 30 per cent. of the homes on each site for £60,000 The Homes and Communities Agency will report back on the exact number of £60,000 homes built on each site following completion of the programme. The sites and target number of £60,000 homes to be built are listed in the following table.
A detailed publication on the lessons learned so far from the Design for Manufacture competition was published by English Partnerships in June 2006. It sets out the 10 initial lessons learnt including one about constructions costs. The overall assessment was that these costs can be controlled whilst at the same time improving the quality of homes being developed.
The Design for Manufacture lessons learnt publication is available at:
The Homes and Communities Agency intend publishing Lessons Learnt II shortly.
|Sites||Total number of homes to be built||Target total of £60,000 homes to be built( 1)|
|Oxley Park, Milton Keynes||145||56|
|Allerton Bywater Millennium Community, Leeds||151||46|
|Renny Lodge, Newport Pagnell||68||21|
|School Road, Hastings||12||4|
|Horns Cross, Dartford||37||13|
|Linton Hospital, Maidstone||150||45|
|Park Prewett, Basingstoke||137||42|
|Oxford Road, Aylesbury||102||40|
|Rowan Road, Merton||217||65|
|(1) Unable to report back on number of completed £60,000 homes until the programme is over and all sites fully built out and developed.|