Housing: Standards

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (North of England) (Northern Powerhouse)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the Royal Institute of British Architects' report Space Standards for Homes that half of all new homes remain too small when measured against the minimum standards of the Nationally Described Space Standard.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We know new homes are not getting smaller compared to the historical average – indeed recent statistics suggest new homes have steadily increased in size since 2008. Government wants to ensure that the Nationally Described Space Standard is working effectively to support government aims of delivering more, high quality new homes and we are considering how recommended sizes should best be applied.

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