Published: 7th May 2019

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has called for change in the law to improve the quality of new homes in England. The TCPA has published the details of a draft ‘Healthy Homes Bill’, which if it becomes law could force ministers to make sure that all new housing meets 10 quality, safety and placemaking ‘principles’. This announcement coincides with the centenary of the Housing and Town Planning Act 1919, a key piece of legislation which helped transform the quality and delivery of council housing, giving ordinary people a decent home. The principles include the following: All new homes must be safe in relation to the risk of fire. All new homes must be accessible and the environments the homes are in must have access to natural light. All new homes in major developments must be within walkable neighbourhoods. All new homes must have walkable access to green and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)