Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Conservative, Hornchurch and Upminster

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Local Plans which include a requirement for new homes to be accessible and adaptable.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

At present, the Government does not collect this data. A recent report by Habinteg suggests that less than a third of all English local plans currently set specific requirements for a percentage of new homes to be built to accessible or adaptable standards.

We have strengthened policy in the revised National Planning Policy Framework, published in July 2018, so that local planning authorities are expected to put in place specific policies to address the housing needs of older and disabled people. We have also strengthened the policy approach to accessible housing by setting out an expectation that planning policies for housing should make use of government standards for accessible and adaptable housing.

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