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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Homes and Communities Agency on the incorporation of quality standards in decisions relating to the funding and development of (a) social rented and (b) other affordable housing developments funded by the agency; and if he will make a statement.
The Homes and Communities Agency inherited from its predecessor bodies a variety of quality and design standards required when supporting developments of social and affordable housing. The Agency consulted on proposals for a single new set of standards last year, which would have increased some requirements.
We are committed to reducing the burden of regulation on builders and developers, and have also called on the industry to work with Government on developing new proposals for a simplified system, through a local standards framework. As part of this exercise we have decided that the Homes and Community Agency should not proceed with new enhanced standards, instead retaining their existing ones. As a general guide, this has been estimated to save on average some £8,000 per unit.